HARTFORD — A balanced, no-tax-increase budget that wouldn’t require towns to pay a higher percentage of their resident state trooper bills was rejected by the legislature’s majority party today through an inane parliamentary procedure, Rep. Penny Bacchiochi said. The House Republican budget would restore some deep proposed cuts, and preserve all local aid—without increasing taxes on already cash-strapped residents.“I know that mayors and selectmen in the towns I represent need the General Assembly to pass a budget so they’ll know how much state aid they’ll receive,” Bacchiochi said.
Municipal leaders made that case over and over at the Capitol over the last few months during a variety of forums designed to give towns and cities a say in the budget process.
“Considering what’s happening with our economy and the number of bills the majority party called that aren’t related to the budget, today’s maneuvering is disappointing,” she said.
No parks would be closed under the proposed House Republican budget. No additional court houses would be shut and grants for tourism and culture would be kept at a reduced rate.
The budget features also include:
• no tax increases and an additional $38 million in retirement incentives for state workers;
• securitizing $350 million of lottery earnings, and no Keno gambling;
• taking $100 million in reserve funds from higher education;
• self-insuring state healthcare;
• $151 million in Medicaid savings from the deficit reduction plans;
• Shifting $28 million in special education costs to the federal stimulus program;
• community health care funding