There was a modicum of good news in the recently passed two-year, $43-billion state budget, according to Wilton state Rep. Gail Lavielle (R-143).
And that was that there were no bills tied to the budget that supported school regionalization.
Other than that, she wasn’t very pleased with it.
“Connecticut deserves a budget that reduces spending, taxing, and borrowing, and addresses its long-term, persistent fiscal issues. Unfortunately, this budget does not,” Lavielle said in an interview with The Bulletin.
The budget passed quietly last week, pretty much along party lines. It passed 86-65 in the House without a single Republican vote. Five Democrats joined with the GOP to vote against it.
The Senate passed the budget 20-16 along party lines, with two Democrats joining Republican opposition.
Immediately following the budget’s passage, Democratic state Sen. Will Haskell (D-26) issued a statement praising the budget, saying it does not increase the income or sales tax rate, increases funding for education and reduces the size of state government. With careful cost controlling, he said, the budget raises spending across the state by only 0.3 percent while supporting job training initiatives and local education funding.
“I voted yea because I believe it’s the balanced and forward-thinking budget Connecticut needs. It limits new spending, bolsters tax revenues and supports the students of our state. We’re honoring the commitments made by previous generations and planning for a more fiscally responsible future.”
He also praised the budget for supporting Connecticut families by including funding for:
- An increase in the minimum wage from $10.10 to $15 an hour by 2023.
- The creation of a Paid Family Medical Leave program which will allow employees to take 12 weeks of paid leave if they or a member of their family are ill.