Besides living with a sense of panic and staying up at night worrying, Marina Derman has been in advocacy mode lately, trying to convince lawmakers to salvage the program she says saved her family from crisis. She’s one of many people waiting for a resolution to the next state budget. Many legislators have criticized the deep cuts to health care and social services in the governor’s proposed spending plan, but it’s not yet clear how they plan to address the looming $1.3 billion deficit while avoiding cuts some have called untenable.
The legislature’s human services committee voted to move forward Gov. Dannel P. Malloy’s proposed social services budget, but not before disowning the cuts within it and debating whether the way they handled the measure was a sufficient protest.
Municipal leaders argued Monday that Gov. Dannel P. Malloy’s proposed cut to the resident trooper program would force property tax hikes, public safety cutbacks, or both.
EAST HARTFORD – Despite recent arguments that his new state budget proposal is out of balance and over the constitutional spending cap, Gov. Dannel P. Malloy said Wednesday he wouldn’t propose more spending cuts or otherwise adjust his plan.
Unless Gov. Dannel P. Malloy softens his position on the constitutional spending cap, legislators already reeling from deep proposed cuts could be scrambling to make at least $100 million more per year.
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Tensions built Monday between Gov. Dannel P. Malloy’s administration and state Treasurer Denise L. Nappier over the governor’s controversial proposal to use $325 million in borrowed funds to pay off debt over the next two years.
Gov. Dannel P. Malloy’s new budget would need more than $300 million in borrowing to cover operating costs over the next two years if projections from nonpartisan analysts and the treasurer’s office are correct. The governor’s budget relies on a controversial fiscal practice that faces increasing scrutiny and drives up the interest rates Connecticut pays to borrow funds for school construction and other capital projects.
Potentially facing painful cuts in funding from the state, leaders of the Connecticut State Colleges and Universities system on Thursday projected what it would take to close their deficits purely with tuition hikes or staff reductions. Most likely, some combination of both would be necessary, they said.
The $40 billion two-year budget proposed Wednesday by Gov. Dannel P. Malloy closes a major deficit at little cost to the middle-class, while cutting social services, adding to the tax burden on business and making a small down payment on an ambitious 30-year plan to overhaul transportation.
Gov. Dannel P. Malloy’s budget proposal cuts support for the state’s public colleges and universities, provides level funding for state aid to school districts, offers financial aid to undocumented students, and would fund four new charter schools.
About 34,000 parents would lose Medicaid coverage. Seniors would have to pay more for home care. The state would abandon a plan to better coordinate care for the costliest Medicaid clients and most health care providers that treat Medicaid patients would face a pay cut. It is all part of Gov. Dannel P. Malloy’s aim to save hundreds of millions of dollars through cuts to health care and social service programs.
Gov. Dannel P. Malloy put forward a 30-year, $100 billion transportation initiative Wednesday, including a $10 billion investment in state and federal funds over the next five years. But the governor’s proposal does not say how it would keep transportation spending balanced beyond the next two years.
Here is the complete of Gov. Dannel P. Malloy’s budget address delivered Wednesday to the Connecticut General Assembly.
Gov. Dannel P. Malloy’s televised budget speech Wednesday reflected an imperative of political messaging that Malloy has long embraced as candidate and governor: Don’t linger over problems like deficits, but keep moving forward with new ambitions, enticing the press and political establishment to follow.
Gov. Dannel P. Malloy’s two-year budget plan raises more than $360 million in net new tax receipts over the biennium, while canceling or delaying more than $480 million in net tax cuts that he signed last term and promised to start after the election.