Fasano, Klarides: Where is the Urgency for a State Spending Cap?

February 1, 2016

Hartford – Senate Minority Leader Len Fasano (R-North Haven) and House Republican Leader Themis Klarides (R-Derby) today wrote to Governor Dannel P. Malloy, Speaker of the House Brendan Sharkey, and House Majority Leader Joe Arezimowicz asking why they have not yet made their appointments to the state Spending Cap Commission. The deadline to make appointments was last Thursday.

“As you all know, the state spending cap commission, established during the December 2015 special session, is a vital step in adopting an enforceable state spending cap,” Fasano and Klarides wrote. “When the legislation designating this commission passed, you were all emphatic in your assurances that the spending cap would be a priority for our state. But today, days after the deadline to make appointments, you still have not identified who you will be appointing to the commission. This is extremely concerning.

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“Your delay makes us seriously question the urgency to make the required commitment to change the state’s budgeting process. It also reinforces our belief that pushing the spending cap decision until after the November election was a way to delay this important decision,” they wrote.

Fasano and Klarides asked the governor, speaker and majority leader to make their appointments by the end of the week.

The deadline to make appointments was 30 days after passage of the legislation, which was signed by the governor on December 29, 2015.