Kupchick & Devlin: Delay on state budget vote unacceptable

State Representatives Brenda Kupchick (R-132) and Laura Devlin R-134) joined the House Republican caucus in calling for an up-or-down vote Thursday in the House on the balanced, no-tax increase budget proposed by Republicans — the third version produced by the caucus — noting the Democrats failed to produce a single complete proposal.

“Failure of this magnitude would never be accepted in the private-sector,” said Reps Kupchick and Devlin. “Families and businesses in Connecticut are struggling in this economic climate and they deserve immediate and urgent action on resolving the state’s budget. We are honestly worried for the many people and institutions in Connecticut that rely on state services if nothing is done.”

Currently, the House Democrats hold a 79-72 advantage in the House of Representatives and for the first time in modern history failed to propose a state budget during the regular session.

Legislative Republicans proposed a full balanced budget this spring and then revised that proposal last month to account for the deep dramatic drop in revenue receipts. Although the session started in January, legislative Democrats did not even produce a budget plan by the time the legislative committees reached their deadlines later in the spring, have yet to produce a budget and still refuse to call the Republican budget for a vote. If no budget is passed by the end of the fiscal year on June 30th, Governor Malloy will be forced to run the state on a series of continuing resolutions.

Reps Kupchick and Devlin warned that a prolonged budget struggle will result in serious problems for towns and cities that count on state revenue to help run local government. Our most vulnerable and residents in need of social services will be adversely impacted.

Both legislators added, “The prospect of Governor Malloy running the state without any legislative checks and balances leaves core government services like education, hospitals and towns in real jeopardy. We need to protect these services that are severely threatened by budgetary fiasco.”

“We hope our friends on the other side of the aisle will consider giving the House Republicans’ balanced budget consideration. The residents of Connecticut deserve a government that takes decisive action and simply does the jobs the people who elected us to do.”

State Representatives Laura Devlin R-134) and Brenda Kupchick (R-132) .

State Representatives Laura Devlin R-134) and Brenda Kupchick (R-132) .

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