Republicans release a budget, but will anyone take notice?

HARTFORD, Conn. – Republican legislative leaders in the House and Senate unveiled an alternative budget that nonpartisan fiscal analysts say will slightly decrease the deficit in future years.

The Republican budget doesn’t eliminate the more than $939 million deficit in 2016, but it reduces it by $34 million. Gov. Dannel P. Malloy’s budget and the budget put forth by the legislature’s two budget writing committees increase the deficit in 2016 by about $130 million and $181 million, according to nonpartisan fiscal analysts.

But it’s unlikely the Republican budget will get very far. With no seat at the negotiating table, Republican legislative leaders are left to pitch their ideas to the public or any Democratic lawmaker who will listen.

In order to balance the budget, Republicans propose eliminating about $336.8 million of what they described as gimmicks in the Democratic budgets. They said one of those “gimmicks” is the $155 million in surplus funds Malloy wants to give back to taxpayers. Malloy proposed giving $55 checks to about 2.7 million taxpayers with surplus funds from this year’s budget. The legislature’s two budget writing committees kept the proposal in their budgets.

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4 responses to “Republicans release a budget, but will anyone take notice?”

  1. John Hamlin

    Once again the Republicans have demonstrated that they provide no fiscally responsible alternative to the Democrats. No wonder they are an ineffective minority party — they offer no fiscal solution. We may need a third party of social progressives/fiscal conservatives/non-union-lackeys to fix the mess we’re in since the two status quo parties clearly won ‘t do it.

  2. EveT

    I do hope the state won’t send out the $55 checks. That money belongs in the rainy day fund if it is not needed for current expenses.

  3. LWitherspoon

    Is it really true that the $55 tax rebate checks are only possible due to the state borrowing more money than it needed? If so, that’s criminal.

  4. Joe Espo

    As long as the unions and Acorn-like organizations run this state, there’s no hope for Connecticut. The tragedy is that states can’t file for bankruptcy which is the only way Connecticut can cut itself loose from the billions of unfunded liabilities it’s saddled with. We’ll wind up like Detroit: higher and higher taxes chasing out more and more of the middle class to the point where there’s no one left to feed the tax monster. Believe me: after this most recent harsh winter, the number of U-Haul trucks taking to the highways for warmer and less-taxing states south and west will be astonishing.

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