HARTFORD — Super-majority Democrats today ignored the massive budget hole they created last September and proposed spending $373 million more while taxing hospitals by $200 million and shifting millions in governmental costs to private companies, Rep. David Scribner said.
The Appropriations Committee budget offered today includes no significant cuts and only adds to the long-term debt the state continues to run up, said Scribner, a member of the Finance Committee.
“Our financial troubles are well beyond serious, yet the lawmakers driving the bus continue to act as if we’re not deeply in deficit, as if our unemployment figures aren’t approaching double digits,” he said. “I just can’t imagine how constituents will react when they find out people here wants to spend more.”
Scribner and his Republican colleagues have repeatedly offered alternative budget proposals that consolidate state agencies, eliminate waste and reduce costs and the size of government.
Meanwhile, Connecticut has lost more than 90,000 jobs.
The committee passed the proposal.
“Taxpayers expect us to find solutions when times are tough—not make the situation worse,” Scribner said. “I consider this proposal unacceptable, and I’m willing to bet my constituents will agree.”
Republicans have pleaded with the Democratic majority to act on a deficit mitigation plan months ago to eliminate the current $500 million deficit to no avail.
Now there are just two months left in the fiscal year and no chance to enact savings.