Senator Kelly Releases Statement Re: Approval of Union Agreement

July 31, 2017

HARTFORD, Conn. – Today State Senator Kevin Kelly (R-Stratford) released the following statement regarding the State Senate approval of the proposed state employee concessions deal negotiated by Governor Malloy and the State Employee Bargaining Agent Coalition (SEBAC).

“I appreciate the contributions that state employees make to Connecticut and I value the sacrifices that they have offered in this agreement. However, the agreement negotiated does not go far enough to protect middle-class families from greater taxation and costs, does not protect our social safety net and senior aging in place initiatives, and does not put our state on a pathway to prosperity for our children,” said Sen. Kelly.

“Unfortunately, taxpayers can no longer afford the size and scope of our state government. Today’s decision continues our state on the road of Governor Malloy’s new economic reality, where Connecticut families are going to have to make due with a lower quality of life, so that government can continue to operate as it currently does,” said Sen. Kelly.

“Jobs and opportunity are leaving our state every day and they are all telling Connecticut leaders the same thing,” said Sen. Kelly. They are telling us to make the structural changes that will put our state back on track and financial prosperity. The deal that was approved today does not do that and is going to put more jobs at risk to the detriment of the hard-working families of Connecticut and continue to diminish opportunities for our children.”