Following subsequent approval by the State Senate, it now goes to Governor M. Jodi Rell for final approval.
Rep. Hovey joined with House Republican legislators to defeat a proposed cut of special education funding for Monroe and Newtown that was originally included in the package. She noted that the House of Representatives came together in a bipartisan manner to craft the bill that was approved.
“There certainly could have been more consolidation of government included in this package,” said Rep. Hovey “But I’m pleased we worked in a bipartisan fashion to find something the entire House of Representatives could agree to move forward. It is noteworthy the legislation retains special education funding for our towns, which prevents a direct tax increase in Monroe and Newtown. This sets a positive tone for the negotiations that will take place on the state budget we need to have in place by July.”
Measures included in the package include:
- $168 million in savings that Republicans proposed in their own deficit mitigation proposal;
- No cuts in state aid to cities and towns;
- No tax increases;
- Limited use of the state’s rainy day fund;
- A change in prescription drug coverage that will save 30,000 seniors an average of $1,200 a year on prescription drug costs, while saving the state money. It would allow certain recipients of ConnPACE (Connecticut Prescription Assistance to the Elderly) to access federal Medicare Part D prescription benefits.