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Republicans Try Again To Offer Budget Ideas

by Christine Stuart | May 1, 2014 5:35pm
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Posted to: State Budget, Taxes

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House Minority Lawrence Cafero and Sen. Minority John McKinney

Democratic lawmakers ignored their first proposal, but Republican lawmakers thought they would try again Thursday. Following the announcement of plummeting state revenue, the GOP trotted out a second budget proposal.

The second attempt at balancing the 2015 budget, which is nearly $300 million in deficit after Wednesday’s revenue estimates, included not restoring the sales tax exemption for over-the-counter medication and clothing and footwear, a hiring freeze, and ban on state employee travel.

But like their first budget, the second Republican budget relies on Democratic Gov. Dannel P. Malloy’s 2011 tax increases and continues borrowing to pay for the 2009 Economic Recovery Notes.

Malloy’s first budget in 2011 included $1.8 billion in tax increases. None of those increases were repealed by Republicans in either budget proposal. The first Republican budget proposed paying off the $150 million in debt from the 2009 Economic Recovery Notes, but they were unable to get there in the second proposal.

House Minority Leader Lawrence Cafero, R-Norwalk, said this isn’t a Republican budget, “this is a Republican alternative to their mid-year changes.”

“We’re doing the best we can with the cards we’ve been dealt with this administration and this legislature,” Cafero said. “To undo the wrong that has been done.”

Cafero didn’t deny that the proposal they put forward Thursday relied on “gimmicks” included over the years in Democratic budgets. He said any additional revenues they have will be used to pay down the 2009 debt that the state borrowed to balance the 2010 budget.

“It’s not ignoring it. It’s not pretending it doesn’t exist,” Cafero said. “We’ll be the first to admit it’s still there and we’re doing everything in our power with the tools that we have and the economic environment that was given to us frankly by this Democratic governor and this Democratic legislature.”

He said they’re doing their best to correct it, but they don’t have a seat at the table. Democratic lawmakers and the Malloy administration have decided to not include Republicans in budget negotiations.

Unable to take part in the discussions, Republicans were left to make another pitch to the news media about what they felt should happen and what they’re hearing may happen.

Sen. Minority Leader John McKinney, R-Fairfield, said they were told that there will not be a vote in either chamber on anything controversial, including keno.

The Republican budget proposal repeals keno.

“We won’t have votes on things that are controversial,” McKinney said. “And any bill that can be amended by keno won’t be taken up and we’re going to see a lot of legislation fall into the implementers.”

Instead of debating the bills on the floor of the House or the Senate, the bill language will be included in what are called budget implementers. Simply put, budget implementers are language implementing the dollars approved in the budget. Almost every piece of legislation that wasn’t previously approved could be added to the implementer bill which is typically hundreds of pages long.

A spokesman for Malloy said the budget that Democratic lawmakers and the governor plan to approve will make “sure that our most vulnerable receive the protections they deserve.”

“Since February, we’ve been working with the governor toward the goal of adopting a responsible balanced budget without any new taxes that provides the services our residents expect,” House Speaker Brendan Sharkey said in a statement. “That is what we are focused on, and that’s what we are going to do.”

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posted by: dano860 | May 1, 2014  9:20pm

Rep. Cafero, since you don’t have a seat at the table and you’re not even reducing any of the $1.8 M of new taxes we had shoved down our throat. Why don’t you just park the bogus budget bus? Don’t come accross with a pathetic, lame excuse of a proposal just to hear yourselfs and make fools out of any one who would support your sham?
Connecticut is the number ONE tax burdened state in the nation. People are fleeing those taxes for other states, especially the retired folk.
Take a look at this report…
http://www.governing.com/gov-institute/voices/col-state-tax-taxpayer-burdens-out-migration.html

posted by: Bethy | May 2, 2014  12:27am

Bethy

House Minority Leader Lawrence Cafero, R-Norwalk, said this isn’t a Republican budget, “this is a Republican alternative to their mid-year changes.”
“We’re doing the best we can with the cards we’ve been dealt with this administration and this legislature,” Cafero said. “To undo the wrong that has been done.”

Well, well, well Cafero, McKinney and friends..boy did i just swooshed my soda out my mouth on that comment.  Now is the time to apologize to our dear Governor Dannel Malloy, because now you know exactly how he felt when former Governor Rell handed him that $3.6 million dollar deficit!  Here is the kicker, what you’re playing with is waaaay less than $3.6 million dollars and you can’t even do that…smh!

posted by: Bethy | May 2, 2014  12:51am

Bethy

House Minority Leader Lawrence Cafero, R-Norwalk, said this isn’t a Republican budget, “this is a Republican alternative to their mid-year changes.”
“We’re doing the best we can with the cards we’ve been dealt with this administration and this legislature,” Cafero said. “To undo the wrong that has been done.”

Well, well, well Cafero, McKinney and friends..boy did i just swooshed my soda out my mouth on that comment. Now is the time to apologize to our dear Governor Dannel Malloy, because now you know exactly how he felt when former Governor Rell handed him that $3.6 million dollar deficit! NOW THOSE WERE SOME CARDS TO PLAY WITH!!! Here is the kicker, what you’re playing with is waaaay less than $3.6 billion dollars and you couldn’t fix that without cutting education AND you raided taxes on the middle class…you guys are so done…smh!

posted by: GBear423 | May 2, 2014  7:32am

GBear423

I think before a person can lay $3.6 Million at Gov Rell’s feet, perhaps a look at the Legislature during that period of time. The Commitees, the leadership, and the Sponsors and vote tallies of the Laws written. Then look at where the money went, and who those entities contribute to in election cycles.

Larry and Johnny and the rest of the GOP are not blameless, but Democrats own this State. The GOP proposal is what they said: best that may be even considered.  Anything more conservative would be pointless with this Assembly/Senate.

Drink water, its healthier to swoosh.

posted by: art vandelay | May 2, 2014  7:34am

art vandelay

Tolls are the only logical method of obtaining more revenue the Democrats so desperately need.  Not a penny will be earmarked for roads & bridges.  Watch for a last minute proposal being passed without a public hearing.  It happened w/Keno last year.

posted by: art vandelay | May 2, 2014  7:35am

art vandelay

$10.00 for every truck & $5.00 for cars at the boarders will certainly do the trick.

posted by: art vandelay | May 2, 2014  9:38am

art vandelay

McKinney & Cafaro are looking so PATHETIC!
Republicans have NOTHING to offer as an alternative out of this current fiscal mess.

posted by: Stan Muzyk | May 2, 2014  10:06am

@Bethy: Your politically nurtured comment: “Former Gov. Rell handed Gov. Malloy a $3.8 million dollar deficit” was apparently left unfinished by your design.  In reality
Gov. Rell “and the Democratic General Assembly” left Gov. Malloy with a $3.8 million dollar deficit. Why do Obama and Malloy Democrats always absolve themselves of their political sins and only blame Republicans as their designated sinners? it boils down to being “careless with the truth.”

posted by: art vandelay | May 2, 2014  10:23am

art vandelay

@GBear423 & Stan Muzyk,  Well said.  What Democrats purposely fail to mention is that Rell had veto proof majorities in both the House & Senate to deal with.

posted by: dano860 | May 2, 2014  11:28am

Art, one needs to know that when a State implements tolls they give up any and all federal highway funds. It also means starting another State agency that will siphon off 50-60% of the money just for operating expenses.  Placing tolls at the borders will cause extreme rise in traffic on the local road, just to skirt those tolls. Border town residents will not pay $10 a day to go visit their friends or family. Many of our residents work in the neighboring States and tolls will only serve as a penalty to them.
Major cuts are required and none of the dome dwellers have the gumption to do it.
This shouldn’t be a D vs R issue, both should be at the table in a representative government like the one we have in Ct.
As it stands though, it’s a D issue and Bush nor Rell have anything to do with this shipwreck.

posted by: GBear423 | May 2, 2014  12:32pm

GBear423

You know in regards to federal money, Connecticut takes in the lowest percentage in regards to State Budget.  I believe we are at about 23% of budget comes from Federal. Personally i would like to see that dwindle down to single digits, but relatively we are good.  Lowest among the New England States iirc.  :O)

posted by: art vandelay | May 2, 2014  1:40pm

art vandelay

@Dano860,
I’m in total agreement with you. I was just giving Democrats some suggestions as to more ways they can obtain more revenue.  As a matter of fact on the news Obama is clearing the way for states to establish tolls since federal money is drying up.  Their argument is that we have more fuel efficient cars, people are driving less, so there is less money in the federal highway fund.  If Malloy is elected I wouldn’t be surprised one bit if tolls were re-instituted.

posted by: Stan Muzyk | May 2, 2014  5:53pm

@Art Vandelay: When did Democrats ever listen to Republicans when they don’t have the vote? Don’t blame powerless Republicans Lawrence Cafero and John McKinney—to get your powerful friend Gov. Dannel Nalloy off the hook. Also, you got carried away with your $10. per truck and $5. per car toll fees. Please try to keep some of your ideas “under your hat.” Also, it is ironic that dano860 is criticizing Rep. Cafero like he was the Governor—to bypass blaming the real offender.

posted by: dano860 | May 2, 2014  11:20pm

Stan, I do blame Malloy, this is their budget. They shoved 1.8B in taxes down our throats, borrowed another $800M to get to GAAP and they still can’t cut a decent budget.
If both parties aren’t at the table it can never be bipartisan can it?

posted by: Stan Muzyk | May 3, 2014  12:21pm

@dano860:  Now you are talking very clearly and I agree. Unfortunately, Malloy and his Democratic-controlled legislature do not want Republicans at the table to interfere with their bankruptcy-driven tax and spend agenda which has us on the lowest level of national fiscal performance with Illinois—Pres. Obama’s home state. We are in this perilous state because of the fatigued mental state of a majority of our voters at the polls.
If voters keep voting for our current elected failures—the future looks very bleak in Connecticut.