Rep. Giuliano Opposes Spending Increases
Despite Huge Deficit, Democrats Spend More with Real No Cuts
HARTFORD – Democrats today ignored the massive budget hole they created last September and proposed spending an additional $373 million while taxing hospitals $200 million and shifting millions in governmental costs to private companies. Currently, the State of Connecticut is running an estimated $520 million deficit for 2010. That deficit is projected to grow to $725 million for 2011.
The budget proposed by Democrats contained no significant cuts. The proposal passed in the Appropriations Committee largely on partisan lines.
“I’m amazed the Democrats would propose a budget that actually increases spending at a time like this. It’s unbelievable. The people of Connecticut cannot afford this,” said State Representative Marilyn Giuliano. “It will only add to our debt, drive away jobs and hurt Connecticut’s children who will ultimately be the ones stuck paying off this budget mess.”
Representative Giuliano noted a lack of leadership and communication breakdown between the House and Senate Democrats who are battling openly on the issue.
“Some Democratic leaders want to put a band aid on the red ink flowing out of our state financial crisis, or worse, ignore it completely. I hear members complain about our budget woes but to me, without any action, talk is cheap. There has never been any honest attempt this session to reduce the cost and size of government, which we must do. This budget proposal only makes things worse,” said Giuliano.
Republicans have repeatedly put forth alternatives budget to consolidate state agencies, eliminate waste and reduce costs and the size of the government workforce. Meanwhile, according the state comptroller, Connecticut faces a growing 101,000 in job losses and the taxpayer funded state government budget grows larger.
Republicans tried to work in a bipartisan manner encouraging Democratic leadership to act on a deficit mitigation plan months ago as a way to eliminate the deficit. Now there are just two months left in the fiscal year and Republicans still push for savings in the state budget.
“We can still solve the state’s financial woes, but we must act now,” Giuliano said. “We must start taking responsible steps towards recovery. If we work together and make tough choices I believe this is something we can accomplish.”