Click on the video below to see my remarks on the House Floor.
Yesterday I was privileged to stand with the House Republicans to support the Republican no-tax-increase budget and to oppose the Democrats’ budget proposal, which increases spending by more than $1 billion and, to pay for it, inflicts the largest tax increase in the state’s history on Connecticut’s residents. Click on my video to see my remarks on the House Floor.
The Senate voted on the budget on Monday night, and we had our turn last night in the House. The session lasted ten straight hours, from 2:00 pm until midnight. After the initial hour, when the Democrats summarized their budget proposal, the floor was ours to make whatever points we wanted – and I am very proud to tell you that we took full advantage of it. Members of the House Republican Caucus were steadfast in supporting the strong, viable alternative provided by our no-tax-increase budget, and after it was voted down by the majority, we submitted amendment after amendment to the Democrats’ budget, offering them opportunities to reduce the financial burdens on our constituents.
I spoke three times: once, extensively, against the Democrats’ budget; once in favor of the Republican no-tax-increase budget; and once to introduce an amendment eliminating the Democrats’ new 20% corporate surcharge.
The vote in the House was 67 – 93, with 15 Democrats voting against their own budget and one absence. Those same representatives did not, however, vote for our budget, or any other alternative.
I am extremely proud of our Republican no-tax-increase budget, which I helped to prepare, but I am even more proud of how hard we fought to defend it on the floor of the House and to urge our Democratic counterparts to heed the public outcry for relief from ever increasing tax burdens. We made our points with conviction because they were solid and true. It was my honor to stand up for the people of Wilton and Norwalk.
Thank you to all of you who have taken the time to call or write me about how the current tax policies challenge your everyday lives. While the Democrats’ Budget heads to the Governor’s desk to be signed – even though it retains a $2 billion gap attributed to potential but uncertain union concessions — I am not discouraged. We made your voices heard, we stood fast, we fought, and now we will wait to see how well?the Governor’s office listens.