Berthel Disappointed in Vote to Approve Unaffordable Union Deal

July 31, 2017

Berthel 2017-03-09 Senate Floor (2 of 2)

You can bet that more are tax hikes are on the way.”

Sen. Eric Berthel (R-Watertown) on July 31 expressed his disappointment in the State Senate’s narrow 19-18 passage on a party line vote of a state union concessions deal which ties state government’s hands for a decade.

“The taxpayers of Connecticut cannot afford this devastating deal, and I joined all Republicans in voting a resounding ‘No’,” Sen. Berthel said.  “The deal ties the hands of the legislature and future governors for ten years.  A decade!  It will provide raises and bonuses and longevity payments to state union employees while guaranteeing no layoffs for four years.  Who gets that in the private sector?  Our state budget is in crisis.  Vital services for seniors and the disabled are getting eliminated.  Why would state government handcuff itself over the long-term in this manner?  We have already endured two Democrat-backed record-setting tax hikes in six years.  You can bet that more are tax hikes are on the way.  You can also bet that our neediest residents will continue to feel these painful cuts to their services.”

“That being said, Democrats have yet to produce a line-by-line state budget proposal. Where is it?  They have not done their jobs.  Senate Republicans have produced a line-by-line, independently-vetted plan which business leaders have praised and which taxpayers can read at www.NewDirectionCT.com.  I will continue to work toward long-term budgetary solutions which make structural changes to how taxpayers money is spent and which put our state back on a stable, sustainable path.  I will never stop fighting for taxpayers and our most at-risk residents.”

*Sen. Berthel represents Bethlehem, Bridgewater, Middlebury, Oxford, Roxbury, Seymour, Southbury, Washington, Watertown, and WoodburyOn the web: www.SenatorBerthel.com. He can be reached at Eric.Berthel@cga.ct.gov and at 800-842-1421.