Republicans reveal no-tax-increase budget

Posted on April 19, 2011. Filed under: Uncategorized |

Republican legislators released their budget proposal today; in very sharp contrast to Gov. Malloy’s proposed budget, this one includes no tax increases and some bigger cuts.

Read more about the Republicans’ proposal, from the Hartford Courant.

The Republicans are still banking on the $1 billion worth of concessions from the unions that Malloy is looking for, but they take it one (or more!) steps further.

Here are a few of the “highlights”:

  • Cut 2,700 state-employee positions;
  • Establish a tax amnesty program that would generate one-time revenue of $25 million;
  • Eliminate public financing of political campaigns to save $44 million over two years;
  • Close two seasonal state ferries across the Connecticut River (Rocky Hill-to-Glastonbury and Chester-to-Hadlyme; this would save $577,000 in the 2012 fiscal year);
  • Eliminate the Permanent Commission on the Status of Women and other commissions;
  • Shut down the motor vehicles office in New Britain;
  • Close seven rest areas along Interstates 95, 91, and 84;
  • Cut salaries by 10 percent for all legislators, commissioners, executive directors, and constitutional officers;
  • Eliminate the longevity pay for non-union employees (saving $14 million each year).

We have not yet seen the Democrats’ proposal, but Malloy’s Senior Advisor Ray Occhiogrosso had some strong words for this one:

“These are exactly the sort of games that helped get us in this mess in the first place.  The governor has said what he’s willing to cut and what he’s not. They’ve proposed a budget they know the governor won’t sign. As Governor Malloy has said many times, it’s time for a new, better way forward.  The Republican budget, unfortunately, would take the state down a well-worn, failed path.”


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When will both parties use the current budget as the base for disclosure of the impact of their proposed changes. The use of an adjusted current year budget(current services budget) is not appropriate and misleading.

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