HARTFORD – Gov. Dannel P. Malloy’s $41 billion budget proposal will continue to hurt Danbury Hospital, State Rep. Janice R. Giegler said Wednesday, with the pitch including more than $10 million in cuts to the regional medical center.
“How is continual cutting from essential services at Danbury Hospital a way of ‘living within our means,’ as the governor so eloquently put it?” Rep. Giegler asked.
A Ranking Member of the Public Safety & Security Committee, along with membership on the Transportation, and Executive & Legislative Nominations committees, Rep. Giegler said Gov. Malloy tried coining Republican terminology to cover his out-of-control spending spree.
“The governor used phrases like ‘living within our means’ and asked, ‘How do we spend more than we have?’” Rep. Giegler said. “But the truth is that he is pushing even more spending, more borrowing and kicking the fiscal can down the road. We can’t keep putting all this spending on the credit card. It’s going to hurt the future of Connecticut, and it’s detrimental to the city of Danbury and its hospital, as well as the towns of New Fairfield and Ridgefield.”
A scheme in the budget to add $73 million for local education takes state money for municipal general funds and gives it to board of education, leaving a hole in town budgets.
Other aspects of Malloy’s budget include:
• Continuation of the electric generation tax, likely to result in more than $80 million passed on to families and businesses.
• Avoids exceeding the Constitutional Spending Cap by moving $900 million in spending outside of the cap.
• Bonds $1.5 billion in FY 14 and $1.6 billion in FY 15.
• Finances $750 million to reduce the GAAP deficit and push out debt payment until 2016.
• Bonds Pay-As-You-Go transportation projects (irony perhaps unintended) – $20 million a year.
• Implement Tax Amnesty program for $25 million.
• Eliminates $24.9 million in school transportation and adds a $5 million regionalization grant
• $47 million grant to municipalities to make them whole.
• Eliminates $94 million in municipal revenue sharing grant (AKA manufacturing machinery and equipment grant / property tax relief)