Kupchick, Devlin & Hwang: For Fairfield’s Sake, Time for a State Budget Do-Over

On Nov. 14, State Reps. Brenda Kupchick (R-132), Laura Devlin (R-134) and state Sen. Tony Hwang (R-28) stood with House and Senate Republican leaders and their proposals to close the state budget deficit.

Back in June House and Senate Republicans stated the state budget passed was too reliant on higher taxes, fundamentally flawed and wasn’t fully vetted.

“We stand at the ready to work with both the Governor and the Democratic majority to balance state budget and reverse the terrible course set three months ago which included the second highest tax increase in our state’s history, “said Rep. Devlin. “ We need to stop business as usual. The public deserves better than a state budget that is in perpetual deficit.”

Rep. Kupchick said, “The budget crisis facing Connecticut is a direct result of one party rule. I am hopeful bi-partisan budget talks will yield a fiscally sound future for the people of our state.”

Hwang said, “Connecticut’s current budget and one party governing is not working, therefore we need to chart a new policy course.  A bipartisan and honest application of shared leadership and shared sacrifice ideas can help fix the state’s broken budget and put Connecticut back on a sustainable path.  I am encouraged that we are finally working for and listening to the people that we represent.  I am anxious to go back to work.” 

House and Senate Republican’s petitioned for a special session to solve our budget crisis and called on Governor Malloy for bi-partisan talks and a special session to fix the growing budget deficit.

This week both the Governor and the legislative Republicans unveiled their budget mitigation plans while the legislative democratic majority did not submit proposals.

The Republican budget proposal is a serious effort to close the current budget deficit and works to address the state’s long-term structural budgetary issues. Here are the Republican deficit mitigation proposals, click here.

The Republican proposals include modifications totaling over $370 million in fiscal year 2016, enough to close the current year’s projected deficit while also reinstating cuts made to social services by the governor’s September rescissions.  None of the immediate proposed solutions require labor concessions.

The proposals also include tax changes to improve Connecticut’s business environment, including eliminating Unitary Combined Reporting, a provision Fairfield’s own General Electric (GE) has been quoted as to the harm those policies are to Connecticut businesses.

The long-term Republican budget proposals include lowering the state debt by limiting the amount Connecticut can borrow, identifying and addressing inefficiencies in state government, protecting transportation funding, better management of the states pension system, and modest labor modifications.

Brenda Kupchick (R-132), state Sen. Tony Hwang (R-28), and Laura Devlin (R-134).

Brenda Kupchick (R-132), state Sen. Tony Hwang (R-28), and Laura Devlin (R-134).

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