Sen. Fasano Reacts to Gov. Malloy Administration’s Explanation of New Budget Cuts

December 31, 2015

HartfordSenate Minority Leader Len Fasano (R-North Haven) released the following statement in response to comments made by Gov. Malloy’s spokesperson defending budget holdbacks as reported in the Hartford Courant. These holdbacks include new cuts to municipal aid, mental health care, services for the developmentally and intellectually disabled, and Medicaid patients.

“The real sign of irresponsible leadership is to grossly distort the truth when you get caught making policy decisions that are a smack in the face to the constituents you claim to protect. The administration’s spin of these cuts is factually incorrect. The funding that is being cut to mental health care, substance abuse treatment, and Medicaid patients is certainly money that could have and would have been spent to help some of the most vulnerable people in our state. This is not extra money lying around not being used, it’s money being pulled directly out of already strained budgets. In budget negotiations I was open to giving the governor authority to make certain reductions, but Republicans also proposed limiting the areas where his cuts could be made to preserve funding for the neediest. We were prepared to work together to identify the least harmful cuts possible. But in the end, our concerns were clearly dismissed by the governor and Democrats. The end result is a budget that continues to target the poor, the sick and the elderly and adds to the burdens felt by local towns and residents across the state.”

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