Betts, Republicans Unveil No-Tax-Increase Alternative Budget

Hartford, CT – Legislative Republicans today unveiled a no-tax increase balanced budget proposal for Fiscal Years 2012 and 2013.  By focusing on core government functions, eliminating waste and creating efficiencies, the Republican Alternative Budget significantly reduces the size and cost of government while protecting the social safety net and preserving state aid to municipalities. 

“Since I took office, and really since my campaign started more than a year ago, I have been listening to people in my district- listening to their concerns and listening to their ideas,” State Representative Whit Betts (R- Bristol) said on Tuesday. “This budget proposal is a response to my constituents who said ‘we can’t afford to pay any more taxes, we think government spends too much.’ I think this proposal tells them something- it tells them I’m listening.”

(View the entire presentation here)

Highlights of the Republican Alternative Budget include (view line-by-line here):

  • No new taxes on any business, individual, employer or services or goods.
  • The Republican budget cuts spending from Gov. Malloy’s plan by approx $3 billion over two years.
  • The budget preserves municipal aid for all towns and cities.
  • Removes Governor Malloy’s proposed gas tax increase which would create significant financial hardship on people with limited or fixed incomes.
  • Eliminated Governor Malloy’s proposed tax on hospitals, including Bristol Hospital.
  • Enhanced Medicaid fraud detection units will save an estimated $224 million in wrongful payments.
  • Republicans plan to save more than $46 million through agency consolidations.
  • State government will be streamlined through attrition and reduction in the 54,000- state payroll.
  • No money will be borrowed for day-to-day state operations.
  • The $500 property tax credit that Gov. Malloy wanted to abolish is fully restored.
  • More than $200 million in the state’s highest cost debt will be pre-paid, thus allowing for greater flexibility in budgeting throughout state agencies.
  • It restores the sales tax amnesty week that every Connecticut consumer can use to support household budgets.    

Middle class families, employers and businesses will all benefit from the Republican budget which doesn’t raise any taxes. “This budget sets Connecticut on a course for recovery,” Betts said, “and it does so by making government more affordable, instead of a taxpayer funded bailout.”

Half of the proposed reductions in state-funded positions, 1,250 would be targeted toward management. The Bipartisan Commission on Enhanced Agency Outcomes recommended that Connecticut cut in half the number of managers to come in line with the private sector.

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