Fasano & Witkos Statement on Finance Committee’s Revenue Package

April 7, 2016

Finance Committee’s Budget Changes Still Leave Deficit of over $318 million

Hartford – Senate Minority Leader Len Fasano (R-North Haven) & Senate Minority Leader Pro Tempore Kevin Witkos (R-Canton) released the following statement regarding the Finance Committee’s revenue plan for fiscal year 2017. The Democrat lawmakers’ plan only addresses the outdated budget deficit numbers released in January totaling $570 million, completely failing to close the actual current deficit projection of approximately $930 million in fiscal year 2017.

“For years, Democrats have passed bad fiscal policies that burdened taxpayers and created the economic mess we face today. This crisis has gotten so bad that they don’t have a clue how to fix it. The plan released today by the Finance Committee, as well as the Appropriations plan released yesterday, clearly demonstrate the Democrats’ total inability to do their jobs. In a lame attempt, they are purposely using outdated deficit numbers because they are deliberately blind to the issues facing our state.

“This is not a plan or a solution. It is an unworkable disjointed effort that still leaves our state with a massive shortfall. They applaud themselves while leaving our state facing a deficit of over $318 million. Knowing what inaction would mean for taxpayers, this is completely irresponsible.

“Connecticut needs real commitment to resolve our budget shortfalls. But what we have before us today does not show a serious good-faith effort to fix next year’s deficit, let alone address the long-term problems on the horizon. We’ve heard a great deal from Democrats and the governor about a ‘new economic reality’ but this proposal shows that they are all talk, with little action to back up their claims that they truly support long-term structural changes to the budget,” said Fasano and Witkos.