Kupchick, Devlin, Hwang urge Malloy to sign budget bill

State Representatives Brenda Kupchick (R-132) and Laura Devlin (R-134) along with State Senator Tony Hwang (R-28) expressed cautious optimism at the passage of the Republican budget through both chambers of the General Assembly on Friday, Sept. 15.

After three Democratic State Senators broke ranks and voted for a GOP budget amendment, which passed the Senate earlier that afternoon, the House passed the same Republican budget bill by a 77-73. It now heads to the governor’s desk to be signed into law, although it is possible he will use his veto power to block it from becoming law.

“This is a watershed moment for our state, as the legislature has indicated its willingness to reject the fiscal policies of recent years and take a new approach to budgeting that will change our current course and set us on path to recovery,” said Rep. Kupchick.  

“Taxpayers have had enough. People and businesses continue to flee Connecticut for more affordable, lower tax states. We need to break the never-ending tax increase cycle and get our state back on a path to prosperity. Today’s historic vote was an opportunity to come together as state lawmakers for the better of Connecticut. This budget takes the first major steps in turn our state around,” said Rep. Laura Devlin.   

“Our plan moves Connecticut in a new direction,” Sen. Hwang said. “We want to generate a predictable, sustainable and transparent ecosystem where Connecticut businesses can thrive and grow. We can do it with no new taxes. Time is of the essence to protect our schools, our communities and our most vulnerable and at-risk residents.”

After the Republican budget passed the State Senate, Governor Malloy declared his intention to veto the budget bill passed by the General Assembly. The Fairfield legislators urged the governor to reconsider, citing the “draconian” effects his executive order could have on local education and other state services.

“Although tonight should inspire confidence that the legislature is willing to do things differently, we still have a lot of work to before this bill becomes law,” said Rep. Kupchick. “It would be a shame if the governor were to pass on this opportunity. I hope the effort in the legislature to reduce the tax burden for families while protecting education funding for towns like Fairfield will inspire skeptics to allow this budget bill to become law. For the first time in a very long time, Connecticut has a true bipartisan budget that does not increase taxes.”

The budget crisis in Connecticut is currently in its third month. Should the governor block passage of this budget bill, it is unlikely the state will adopt a budget prior to the Oct. 1 deadline for education payments and the governor’s executive order would take effect.

State Representatives Brenda Kupchick (R-132) and Laura Devlin (R-134) with State Senator Tony Hwang (R-28).

State Representatives Brenda Kupchick (R-132) and Laura Devlin (R-134) with State Senator Tony Hwang (R-28).

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