Sen. Kelly: Potential special session is “déjà vu all over again.”

November 24, 2023

For Immediate Release:

Senate Republican Leader Kevin Kelly issued the following statement regarding news that majority Democrats now say they may need a January special session to meet surging demand for heating assistance.

“While the state of Connecticut boasts of a $138 million surplus and a record Rainy Day Fund, there is a dirty little secret: Connecticut households that earn up to $80,000 a year that are eligible for heating assistance have increased by 60% compared to pre-pandemic levels according to application requests for heating assistance. So, while the state government is doing well and its coffers are overflowing, our economy is not rebounding for working and middle class families who are literally being left in the cold by the majority.

The potential for a special session is déjà vu all over again, as Yogi Berra famously said. The majority wanted a special session last year on the same issue. The money was approved. Benefit levels weren’t increased to help people in need. The majority took a victory lap. We then learned that the money was never used, and it was swept back into the General Fund.

This week, as we spend time with friends and family to celebrate the blessings we are so thankful for, we must also remember those who are struggling each and every day to make ends meet and heat their homes. The blessings state government is currently enjoying are not being put toward protecting the elderly, the disabled, and families who are living hand to mouth. These are neighbors who need our help now. They can’t wait until February or for a dysfunctional Washington. Connecticut must act, and Republicans will continue to advocate for our most vulnerable families. The majority has the power to do this, but has no appetite, which is callous and cold-hearted.”