Senator Somers Releases Statement on Bipartisan Plan to Close 2017 State Budget Shortfall

May 31, 2017

HARTFORD, Conn. – Today State Senator Heather Somers (R-Groton) released the following statement regarding the approval of a bipartisan deficit mitigation plan to address the $317 million shortfall in the state budget for the current year which ends on June 30, 2017.

“I am pleased that we were able to come together and work in a bipartisan manner to pass this deficit mitigation plan,” said Sen. Somers. “Not only does it hold our hospitals harmless but it also protects our cities and towns. Even though cuts toward the end of fiscal year are tough to absorb, we were able to take the first steps to put Connecticut back on a fiscally responsible path.”

The Senate’s changes will restore $19.4 million to municipalities by funding the June Pequot Payment, restore approximately $1 million in privately raised monies for state parks, and restore $1 million for employment opportunities and day services for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Hospitals will also be held harmless to cuts.

The state’s budget reserve fund maintains a balance of approximately $30 million under the Senate’s plan. The bill now moves to the House of Representatives.