Kupchick working to restructure state government

For more accountability when it comes to approval of state employee contracts, State Rep. Brenda Kupchick (R-132) submitted testimony in support of her proposal to require a vote by both the House of Representatives and the State Senate before collective bargaining agreements between the state and its employees is enacted.

Currently, state employee collective bargaining agreements reached by the executive branch and the state unions are placed before the legislature, and if not acted upon within 30 days they are automatically approved. The majority party currently is not required to hold a vote on the agreements.

Rep. Kupchick said, “With the legislature being entrusted to be the ‘power of the purse,’ these labor agreements should receive an up-or-down vote by the General Assembly. We must have some control in determining how much the state will be spending on salaries and benefits for public employees. There needs to be real accountability among the members of the legislature when contracts are automatically approved but Connecticut lacks the funds in the state coffers to fund these agreements.”

“Over the last year, Governor Malloy has cited unpaid liabilities to public employees as one of the most significant reasons for Connecticut’s budgetary woes and continued budget deficits. These deficits are tying the hands of the legislature, and keeping us from doing the job the residents of Connecticut elected us to do.  By enacting this legislation, the elected assembly will have a vote to control spending and prevent future budgetary deficits of this magnitude from being created,” said Rep. Kupchick.

“When I tell the taxpayers in Fairfield about the current process for approving contracts, they shake their heads in disgust, and I can’t disagree. This is a common sense proposal to improve how state budget process, said Rep. Kupchick.

State Rep. Brenda Kupchick (R-132)

State Rep. Brenda Kupchick (R-132)

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