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Opinion: Dems punt on budget, again

Susan Bigelow
Susan Bigelow

Susan Bigelow is an award-winning columnist and the founder of CTLocalPolitics. She lives in Enfield with her wife and their cats.

It’s been a pretty intense week all around, what with the primary and the looming end of the legislative session, so Democrats can almost be forgiven for turning in a budget that was late and poorly thought out. Almost.

We’re at a weird point right now. Republicans, up until Thursday afternoon, were the only party actually negotiating with the governor over the budget, and they’ve put forward several of their own proposals to that effect.

Their latest was released Monday, and it does some very tough but understandable things like eliminating the public financing of campaigns, implementing a hard wage freeze, upping non-union health care costs, and delaying the transfer of money into the special transportation fund in order to close the gap.

The GOP budget wasn’t perfect by any means — none of the proposals have been — but at least it existed. This is something that can be negotiated with and against, and it’s a counterpoint to the governor’s own proposal, which has come under fire for drastic cuts to mental health services, education, and more.

See the complete story at CT News Junkie.

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