Sen. Harding, Republicans Opposed to CT Budget Gimmicks

April 11, 2024

NBC Connecticut

Republicans support spending available funding, especially ARPA money, but are opposed to moves they think violate the spirit of the state’s fiscal guardrails.

Sen. Stephen Harding (R-Minority Leader) said that includes the proposed creation of a childcare trust fund that can accept donations and spend funding outside the budget.

“You’re going around the fiscal guardrails and using tactics that are technically legal, but completely outside of the spirit of why we enacted the guardrails in the first place,” Harding said.

He also said the state budget should be up for debate, in part because revenues are down compared to the projections used when the budget was approved last spring.

“The budget should be opened, we should be addressing the revenue cap,” Harding said.