Senator Kissel Releases Statement Re: General Assembly Approval of Budget

September 16, 2017

HARTFORD, Conn. – Today State Senator John A. Kissel (R-Enfield) released the following statement regarding the General Assembly approval of a state budget. A budget that increases education funding, funds core social services, prioritizes transportation and includes substantial structural changes.

“I am pleased to report that early this morning the General Assembly approved a state budget,” said Sen. Kissel. “This budget protects our children, protects those in need and includes significant municipal mandate relief. I was proud to cast my vote in the affirmative yesterday, as I believe that this budget will help to create a Connecticut where everyone can count on a future.”

“Unlike the Democrat proposed  budget, this budget does not include substantial cuts to North Central Connecticut and the seven towns within the 7th Senatorial District,” said Sen. Kissel.

“Additionally it was very alarming to discover policies cavalierly buried deep within the over 900 page budget that had actually failed during session through the committee process.”

Senator Kissel also commented on a policy that within the democrat budget that would have raised the age of a youthful offender from 16 years of age to 20.

“I was very disappointed to see the youthful offender age raised and felt that it was unfairly hidden within their budget,” said Sen. Kissel.

The Republican proposed budget now heads to Governor Malloy’s desk for his signature.