Republican Budget Raises Taxes, Increases Spending, Defers Pension Payments, Makes Cuts to Higher Education and to Jobs Initiatives
Connecticut’s future depends on smart investments in our economy and a strong education system.
Over the past several months, Senate Democrats have been working diligently to pass a state budget that invests in Connecticut’s future and makes honest spending cuts and structural changes to pay down past debts, accumulated over decades.
Unfortunately, despite their repeated false claims, the Republican state budget that passed the Connecticut General Assembly last week:
- Raises Taxes and Fees Over a Billion Dollars
- Raises taxes on people who own a home
- Raises taxes on people who own a car
- Raises taxes on 44,000 teachers an average of $1,500 per year
- Raises taxes on 200,000 low- to moderate-income working people
- Raises taxes on hospitals
- Raises taxes on businesses
- Raises taxes on sports fans and concert goers
- Raises taxes on homebuyers
- BUT cuts taxes for the super-rich
Makes Devastating Cuts to Education, Jobs Programs and Local Institutions
- Decimates UConn with an unprecedented cut of $309 million that will dramatically increase costs to students, potentially shutting down academic departments, local branches like UConn Stamford, and some Division I sports
- Cuts funding and scholarship opportunities to public and private colleges including Norwalk Community College and UConn, leaving 15,000 families out in the cold without scholarships
- Ends funding for manufacturers to train workers and provide new jobs
- Eliminates the Small Business Express program which has helped hundreds of Connecticut small businesses, including local companies like the following:
• New England Bread, Norwalk
• Next Health, Norwalk
• Circulent, LLC, Darien
- Kills green jobs and stifles an emerging market by taking $46 million from the nationally acclaimed Connecticut Green Bank and other clean energy and environmental initiatives
- Puts dark money and lobbyist money back into Connecticut politics by eliminating the Citizens Election Program
- Dismantles tourism districts including potential elimination of funding for the Stepping Stones Museum for Children, the Maritime Aquarium and other local destinations
- Robs the state pension fund and defers payments, increasing long-term debt
I have been and am still committed to doing what is right for this state. That is why I am ready to work together with my colleagues to pass a budget that does not hurt our residents, devastate our higher education system, or rely on unrealistic savings.
Please sign our petition, and call the Governor at 1-800-406-1527 to tell him to veto this Republican budget and stand with me against these devastating cuts and tax increases. Together we can build a stronger future for Connecticut.