Senator Witkos Statement Upon Passage of State Budget

June 5, 2019

 Hartford, CT – Senator Kevin Witkos (R-8) has released the following statement upon the approval of the state budget by the Senate and House of Representatives:


“Yesterday, I voted in opposition to the biennium budget for FY 20 and FY 21.  The budget presented to the legislature contains $861.5million in taxes in FY 20 and $921.3million in taxes in FY 21.  This budget will only increase the cost of living for residents, businesses, and non-profit organizations across Connecticut.  Democrats will hail this budget and their efforts this legislative session as a win for our state.  Unfortunately, this could not be further from the truth.  Going out to breakfast with your family is 1% more expensive.  Picking up a prepared meal from the grocery store after a long night of work just got more expensive.  Bringing a suit to the dry cleaners just got more expensive.  These new taxes, coupled with a reduced paycheck for nearly every employed individual in the state due to the passage of paid family & medical leave, and the prospect of tolls across our state means Connecticut, already an expensive place to reside, just got that much more expensive.  Being responsible with your budget is what families and businesses across our state do every single day.  Regrettably, this is not replicated here at the Capitol” said Senator Witkos.