Fasano Statement in Response to Gov. Malloy’s Budget Reductions

November 17, 2017

Hartford – Senate Republican President Pro Tempore Len Fasano (R-North Haven) released the following statement regarding distribution of state budget lapses proposed by Governor Dannel P. Malloy today.

“Governor Malloy is completely ignoring the legislative intent of the state budget lawmakers passed last month. Instead of adopting the targeted savings identified by the legislature, including specified cuts to overtime and consolidation of government administrative functions, the governor continues to work towards his goal of inflicting deep cuts to municipalities and social services that legislators are committed to protecting. He is also wrongly cutting from education grants, even after his administration made an affirmative representation that his office would not target education grants to support the renters rebate program. Unfortunately, I took the administration for their word, which will never happen again. In true form, the governor is blatantly ignoring the will of the legislature, and doing what he wanted to do all along. He is going out of his way to dismiss certain savings and instead dramatically reduce funding to municipalities, turning a blind eye to the careful efforts of lawmakers to protect towns and cities as much as possible. I know Connecticut’s legislative leaders won’t stand for this. I’m sure fellow leaders will want to work together to make the legislative intent of our budget even clearer to Gov. Malloy with action to stand up for our towns, cities and core services.”