Fasano Disappointed Democrats Did Not Join Budget Hearing

October 26, 2016

Hartford – Senate Minority Leader Len Fasano (R-North Haven) released the following statement regarding today’s informational hearing on the state budget hosted by Republican ranking members of the Appropriations and Finance, Revenue & Bonding committees. The hearing was intended to discuss the various budget deficit projections that have been released by multiple state offices in recent weeks in the hopes of better understanding the shortfalls within the state budget. Only one Democrat lawmaker attended the hearing. Governor Malloy’s budget director, state Comptroller Kevin Lembo, and their representatives did not attend today’s hearing.

“Today should have been an opportunity for all lawmakers and officials to come together and focus on figuring out what’s really going on with our state budget. The governor’s office released misleading and confusing information about the size of Connecticut’s budget deficit. The public and lawmakers deserve to know the true numbers so we can start looking for solutions as soon as possible. It was disappointing that Democrat leaders, chairs and officials did not take part in today’s meeting,” said Fasano.

“I know I will be accused of playing politics. But since February 2015, when budget deficits have appeared, I have repeatedly asked for Republicans and Democrats to discuss resolving Connecticut’s financial issues immediately. I’ve repeatedly said that hesitation leads to devastation. Why should I shy away from that same call for action now just because an election is almost here? I believe in conversation as soon as a problem arises, not waiting around until it worsens, no matter the time of year.

“Some legislative leaders have made it their mantra that next year they plan to focus on bipartisanship. This was a perfect opportunity to put action behind those words. But it didn’t happen. Democrat legislative leaders turned a blind eye to the apparent hiding of facts from the public by the governor’s administration. They continued to allow Governor Malloy to get away with misleading the public as long as it benefits them,” said Fasano.