Lavielle urges action on budget crisis

With the state’s fiscal year closing this Friday, state Rep. Gail Lavielle (R-143) joined her colleagues in the House Republican caucus in calling for an up-or-down vote Thursday on the balanced, no-tax increase state budget proposed by Republicans, noting that majority legislators had still not produced a complete proposal.

“While there were several occasions in the last two decades when the legislature did not pass a budget before the end of the fiscal year, this is the first time in recent history that this has happened because majority legislators did not produce a complete budget package. This is deeply concerning for Connecticut taxpayers and municipalities,” said Lavielle. “House Republicans released three detailed editions of a balanced budget complete with spending and revenue packages that make the structural reforms needed to enable our state to provide effective social services, create a climate friendly to businesses, and make the investments we need in education, transportation, and infrastructure. It should be a priority for all legislators to convene on Thursday to debate and pass a budget so that we can show families and businesses that we are serious about resolving this crisis and reviving the economy.”

If no budget is passed by the end of the fiscal year on June 30 — which appears likely since the legislature will not be convening Friday — the governor will run the state by executive orders. Lavielle warned that a prolonged budget struggle will cause substantial problems for towns and cities that count on state revenue to help run local government. Residents most at risk and in need of social services will also be significantly affected.

“Failing to adopt a budget and allowing the governor to run the state by executive order would deal a severe blow to town aid, education funding, hospitals and other core services, as well as the people who rely on them, so this is not an acceptable back-up plan,” said Rep. Lavielle. “I hope that my friends and colleagues on the other side of the aisle will consider the future of our state and join us in supporting a balanced budget that does not increase taxes.”

Lavielle will attend a town hall-style meeting tonight, June 29, from 7 to 8:30, at Cannon Grange Hall, 25 Cannon Road. She is expected to be joined by state Rep. Tom O’Dea (R-125) and state Senator Toni Boucher (R-26). They will discuss this year’s legislative session and answer questions from constituents.