On July 24, the SEBAC agreement gained House approval on a near party line vote, 78-72 with one lone Democratic representative voting against the deal and with the GOP. A week later, the State Senate followed suit as Lt. Gov. Wyman casted the tiebreaking vote, making it 19-18 in favor and sealing Connecticut’s fate until 2027. The agreement takes effect immediately.
There is also some question as to whether the claimed $1.5 billion in savings would ever be realized and if it’s even enough considering the deficit is now above $5 billion. Connecticut voters should remember well those members of the legislature who voted to push this deal through. Without the ability for future state leaders to make changes to state employee agreements, damaging cuts will inescapably fall on social services, aid to towns and education. The result will be a reduction in services and inevitably more taxes.