Last week the State Senate put the final seal of approval on Gov. Malloy’s SEBAC (State Employee Bargaining Agent Coalition) agreement. The agreement will, at best, save Connecticut $1.5 billion, which is marginal compared to our looming $5 billion deficit.
Sadly the SEBAC deal locks in all unionized State employee benefits for the next TEN years. It also locks in wages and prevents layoffs for the next FOUR years. Combined these expenses comprise 40% of the entire State budget. In exchange for these serious restrictions, we received only a portion of the labor concessions we needed. In high school I ran the mile on our track team. A mile was four laps around the track. This SEBAC deal only gets us 1.5 laps in a 4.0 lap race.
Please click on the video below to listen to my remarks on the SEBAC deal.
Unfortunately, the deal passed both the House and Senate on party-line votes. House Republicans will continue to fight for a responsible budget that erases the deficit without new or increased taxes.
Please do not hesitate to contact me regarding this or any state or local concerns at 800-842-1423 or [email protected]