Senate Republican President Pro Tempore Len Fasano (R-North Haven) released the following statement in response to Governor Dannel P. Malloy’s veto of the bipartisan bill that restores funding for the Medicare Savings Program in the current fiscal year.
MSP is a Medicaid program that helps seniors and the disabled pay for Medicare co-insurance, deductibles and premiums. Connecticut was one of five states whose income eligibility limits exceeded the federal minimum level.
The Democrat legislative leaders’ budget proposal, which does not have enough support to pass the legislature, would cut education funding in North Haven by $3 million and cut overall municipal aid to North Haven by a whopping $5.3 million over two years.
This bipartisan budget avoids a $1.5 billion tax increase, preserves core social services, keeps commitments to local education, provides stability for municipalities, does not increase taxes on non-prescription medications and rejects Governor Malloy’s proposed shifting of teacher pension costs onto towns and cities.
The Maximilian E. & Marion O. Hoffman Foundation Inc. in West Hartford has awarded the medical school $500,000 to create the Maximilian E. and Marion O. Hoffman Primary Care Fellowship, which will provide scholarships to qualified students who seek careers as primary care physicians