Statement in Response to Gov. Malloy’s Veto Of Bill Impacting Hartford Assistance Package

June 15, 2018

Senate Republican President Pro Tempore Len Fasano (R-North Haven) released the following statement in response to Governor Dannel P. Malloy’s veto of Senate Bill 528 PA 18-157 AN ACT CONCERNING STATE CONTRACT ASSISTANCE PROVIDED TO CERTAIN MUNICIPALITIES.

“This veto demonstrates the governor’s arrogance and lack of respect for taxpayer dollars. Once again, when it comes to support for the city of Hartford, Gov. Malloy completely dismisses the intent and the voice of the legislature. This veto practically ensures a rough road ahead for Hartford because absent this fix the legislature probably won’t be willing to help Hartford in the future.

“This bill was the result of extensive bipartisan negotiations, supported by the Hartford delegation and the Hartford mayor. It defines what state assistance Hartford will be receiving and also puts into place needed protections to ensure taxpayer dollars are not squandered. The negotiated legislation would limit certain state assistance to Hartford to five years, rather than the 40 years Governor Malloy’s deal tried to implement. It also would prevent future bailout deals from being negotiated without legislative approval. In addition, it would implement needed trip wires over the next five years which would give the Municipal Accountability Review Board the ability to step in. This bill is truly the result of a bipartisan and highly detailed effort to effectively manage state dollars while supporting our struggling capital city. Those who negotiated this bill do not want to see Hartford go bankrupt. We also recognize the state cannot blindly support the city with taxpayer funding without proper protections in place. This bill strikes the needed balance. I expect lawmakers to work together to override this veto to ensure Hartford has a fair chance at a better future.”