Fasano & Witkos Criticize Malloy’s $10.5 Million Handout – Not a Core Function of Government

March 10, 2016

Hartford –Senate Minority Leader Len Fasano (R-North Haven) and Senate Minority Leader Pro Tempore Kevin Witkos (R-Canton) released the following joint statement regarding Gov. Malloy touting a $10.5 million grant awarded to the Connecticut Science Center this week.

“Why is the state of Connecticut, at this critical time, giving $10.5 million to the Connecticut Science Center to expand programs when we can’t even make good on our promises to hospitals that are providing critical services to the most vulnerable in our society?

“The state is facing a budget deficit of hundreds of millions of dollars next year and billions of dollars the year after that. What kind of message are we sending to state employees facing layoffs? That a private entity is more important than their jobs? What kind of message are we sending to the businesses that are deciding to move here, or the ones deciding if they want to stay? The state of Connecticut has the highest per capita debt in the country and billions of dollars in budget deficits. We can’t continue to spend money as if we don’t have these problems.

“In these scary financial times our state should focus on funding the core functions of government. That includes caring for those most in need and protecting vital social services. It does not include millions of dollars in handouts for a private entity.”