Fasano, Kane Call on Democrats to Release Budget Implementer

May 10, 2016

“Fasano, Kane: Postpone Vote Until All Budget Details are Public”

Hartford – Senate Minority Leader Len Fasano (R-North Haven) and Senator Rob Kane (R-Watertown), the ranking member of the Appropriations Committee, are calling on Democrat legislative leaders to publicly release the budget implementer bill which lawmakers are schedule to vote on this week. The budget bill was released by Democrats today, but the implementer bill has yet to be made public.

“It’s about time that a budget bill is finally available to the public after almost a week has passed since the vote was supposed to take place. But why is the implementer bill still not available? The implementer often becomes the Trojan horse of bad policies, hiding them away in the hundreds of pages of budget implementation language. The special session scheduled for Thursday should not move forward until the public has been given the opportunity to read, analyze and raise questions about not only the budget but the implementer as well. Democrat legislative leaders have said that releasing the budget and implementer a day before is ‘standard practice’ and sufficient. But that status quo is not good enough and has never been good enough,” said Sen. Len Fasano.

“We should not be voting on any budget until the public and lawmakers on both sides of the aisle are given the opportunity to review all finalized budget documents, including the implementer, in detail,” said Sen. Rob Kane. “The public deserves to know how this budget will be implemented and how it will affect their communities and families. The Democrats’ failure to share this information thus far shows the sad extent of their ineptness and complete lack of leadership,” said Kane.

Sen. Fasano added: “Democrat leaders said they were delaying a vote as a matter of democracy and fairness and to allow both sides of the aisle more time to review the budget in its final form. But where’s the democracy and the fairness if the implementer language is not shared? Delaying the vote was supposed to serve a specific purpose: increased transparency. But every day the Democrats withhold the implementer, transparency goes out the door. We know it’s tough for the majority to pass a bad budget and we can certainly give them another week to look for votes among their members, but in the meantime they owe it to the people of this state to publicly share all their final documents they promised a week ago,” said Fasano.