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Rep. Wilms, Republican Lawmakers Release
Second Balanced Budget for FY 2019
HARTFORD – State Representative Fred Wilms (R-142) joined fellow House and Senate Republicans at the Capitol this afternoon to release their second complete balanced budget proposal this year to stabilize the state budget in fiscal year 2019 and beyond.
“Once again, Republicans have taken the lead with budget negotiations by proposing a second fiscally responsible, balanced spending and revenue plan for Connecticut,” Rep. Wilms said. “Our state needs stability. Instead of using an expected revenue surplus to create more lavish programs and offer more empty promises, we show fiscal restraint by putting that money towards our unfunded liabilities and the rainy day fund. Best of all, we fund core social services, such as the Medicare Savings Program, without introducing new taxes.”
The revised Republican plan fully balances next year’s budget, reduces future deficits, restores funding for core government functions, and accomplishes the above without new taxes. The plan also preserves grants for substance abuse treatment and mental health care, and provides $5 million for Emergency Placements for those with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities. Finally, the plan increases funding to Norwalk and New Canaan compared to the governor’s 2019 proposal. Overall, the Republican plan implements policies to achieve long-term savings for the state allowing stability and predictability in future years.
The 2018 Session ends at midnight on Wednesday, May 9th, 2018.
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