Sen. Fasano Statement on State Deficit

August 3, 2015

Hartford – Senate Minority Leader Len Fasano (R-North Haven) released the following statement regarding the state deficit as projected by the Comptroller today at $70.9 million.

“Gov. Malloy campaigned on a promise that the state wouldn’t have a deficit to end the fiscal year in June. It’s August, and we have a deficit. Our state’s emergency money will soon be tapped to fix the problem. But, as the governor has said, he owns this budget. He also owns the tax hikes that he said we wouldn’t have.

“No one is rooting for failure, but the failure of Democrat leadership is evident and cannot be swept under the rug. Some Democrat leaders want the obvious to be ignored so the public remains uninformed. But there are others in Hartford who understand the significant reality of bad economic policies and what those policies mean for the people of Connecticut. We hear your frustration, we see the negative impact, and we will talk about that negative impact. It’s unfortunate that instead of listening to those warnings, Democrats repeatedly denied the existence of a deficit instead of taking action to address it.”