This week Senate Republican President Pro Tempore Len Fasano (R-North Haven) and Senate Republican lawmakers released a revised line-by-line state budget proposal that does not rely on new taxes. The revised two-year budget addresses the dramatic revenue drop reported at the end of April which leaves our state with a budget shortfall of nearly $5 billion.
“Tough decisions had to be made to close a devastating shortfall in the budget. We are proud to offer a complete budget proposal that continues to protect municipalities, provide funding for core social services, support our state’s transportation needs, and increase funding for education to towns and cities across the state. We protect hospitals from being hit with more taxes and we protect taxpayers from being overburdened by new taxes or policies that would result in significant increases to property taxes,” said Sen. Fasano.
The updated two-year Senate Republican proposal does the following:
- Closes the state budget deficit without tax increases
- Increases education funding by $170 million in the first two years and includes a new Education Cost Sharing formula
- Reformulates municipal funding and holds towns harmless in the first year to cuts to statutory grants
- Streamlines government
- Provides for structural changes
- Maintains the tax exempt status for hospitals to protect them from a new local hospital tax
- Preserves core government services by restoring funding for social services such as Meals on Wheels, mental health care and substance abuse treatment
- Prioritizes transportation needs and stabilizes funding without tolls or new taxes
- Lowers taxes for retirees and helps seniors age in place
- Enhances funding for state parks and tourism
A full summary of the updated “Confident Connecticut” budget is available here.
Line-by-line details available at www.ctsenaterepublicans.com.