As the Senate considered a $19.76 state spending plan on Thursday, May 12, Senator Toni Boucher (R-26) issued the following statement on the floor on the budget and mandate relief for schools. The Senate passed the budget 21-15. It goes to the House of Representatives in a special session today, May 13.
“Connecticut is a beautiful state, we love it here. People would like to stay here if they could. But given that Connecticut has collected more in tax revenue than ever after two historic tax hikes on just about everything, it is an embarrassment the state is in deficit, and will continue to be, even with the one-time cuts planned in this budget.
“This punishing budget hurts school children, hospitals, the sick, mentally ill or those struggling with drug addiction and substance abuse. Yet it protects the wages, healthcare and retirement plans of all unionized state workers. In fact, Connecticut pays more for each state employee than any other state in the nation. People are angry and hurting, not just at the national level, but even more here in Connecticut because its citizens are taxed more than those in any other state.