Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Senator Fazano - Connecticut Republicans Continue to Push for a Balanced Budget, While Democrats Push for Tax Hikes

Senator Fazano - Photo from CT Senate Republicans
As you know the 2017 Legislative Session has come to an end without a state budget and while this is disappointing legislative Republicans have continued to push to get a budget passed before the end of the fiscal year on July 1st.

Last week State Senators joined together in a bipartisan effort to get the legislature to act on the state budget. Unfortunately, the Democrat Speaker of the House refused to sign off on the emergency certification needed to bring us into the chambers for a vote.

Senate Republicans have a complete budget that should have been voted on yesterday. We have a line-by-line budget that does not rely on new taxes and a budget that protects our towns and cities. But yesterday, in the final hours, when action was truly needed House Democrats refused to vote on any resolution that would have saved Connecticut from Executive Orders from the Governor which will needlessly and negatively impact many communities across the state.

As a State Senator I take my job very seriously and with the state on the edge of a fiscal cliff I remain committed to providing Connecticut residents with a complete and balanced budget.

Yesterday Senate leaders on both sides of the aisle were ready to stand up and be counted. It was extremely disappointing that this same commitment to enact change was not seen from all yesterday at the Capitol. Now more than ever we all must roll up our sleeves and work together to get a budget passed, a budget that moves Connecticut in a new direction.
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