As the clock ticked out the final hours of the 2016 legislative session, State Representatives Jason Perillo (R-113) and Ben McGorty (R-122) said the inability of the majority Democrats to pass a budget on time exposed their eleventh-hour agreement with Governor Dannel Malloy as containing no structural changes, while it ensures future deficits and slashes vital programs to the poor, mentally ill, and education funding.
The plan contains deep spending cuts to critical areas, like addiction services, in the midst of an opioid epidemic. It cuts $36 million in local school funding and special education, as well as $13 million for hospitals.
“The entire budget process this year has been simply shameful and dysfunctional,” said Rep. Perillo. “The economic policies of this administration and their willing accomplices in the legislature have deeply damaged our tax base. I get the distinct feeling that they don’t even realize it. But because of this, we are experiencing diminishing returns, and deficit after deficit. Now, on the last day, they unveil yet another unworkable and inadequate budget without time for it to be reviewed or understood. With so much at stake, this kind of governing doesn’t respect the process, or the people we are elected to serve.”