Senate Minority Leader Len Fasano (R-North Haven) wrote yesterday to Governor Dannel P. Malloy and Majority Legislative Leaders again requesting a special legislative session to make changes to the state budget and lighten burdens on Connecticut businesses.
“Today General Electric Co. announced that they will be deciding on a new location for its headquarters in the fourth quarter of this year,” wrote Fasano. “Clearly, GE was not bluffing in June when they said proposed tax hikes in the state budget were making them ‘seriously consider whether it makes any sense to continue to be located in this state.’ They were not speaking in hyperboles. They were not making empty threats. They were serious. Now Connecticut is on the brink of losing one of our state’s biggest assets and crowning achievements.”
Sen. Fasano, along with Senator Tony Hwang (R-Fairfield), wrote to the governor and legislative leaders last month calling for a special session. Today Sen. Fasano renewed his request.
“If you call a special session now, we can send a message together. Not just to GE, but to all businesses, that we are committed to a strong business community. I will come ready and willing to talk about ideas to rework the budget and find a way to relieve the burdens on Connecticut employers. We need to rethink the way our state treats businesses of all sizes. We need to rethink the unitary tax, tax credits and loss carryforwards. We need to rethink how to make Connecticut business friendly and show that state leaders care. By reacting quickly we can show that we are committed in a bipartisan manner to a strong state. We need to revisit the budget in a special session. Republicans have raised our voices and stood up for change. But the only way to send a strong message is for Democrats to join us and work together in bipartisanship for all of Connecticut’s residents,” wrote Fasano.
Fasano also emphasized the impact of GE’s potential move.
“The landslide that is going to come from GE leaving will be measured in billions and in decades. It is something that will be felt by thousands of families and will have a damaging and vast ripple effect across the state for years to come. Our state will see a huge loss in revenue as a result, and less income will have a drastic impact on everything from social services, to transportation, to education. Just as the governor’s budget made devastating cuts to social services this year when faced with limited funds, we will see future desperate budgets struggling to cover costs and cutting from those in need to make up the difference. The loss of a business is about more than just one business. It’s about the chain reaction and the impact on all aspects of a community.”