The deficit for this fiscal year has grown to $922 million according to the latest estimates. Revenue is way, way down. Said Sen. Martin Looney, Majority Leader:
“The latest projected deficit for the current fiscal year is a direct result of the global economic crisis landing on Connecticut’s doorstep. Gov. Rell didn’t create this problem and neither did the General Assembly, but it is our responsibility to guide Connecticut through this difficult time.
We believe it is vital to protect funding for certain programs which, if eliminated, would exacerbate the economic crisis facing Connecticut families. Funding that helps small businesses grow, keeps bio-medical researchers working, and encourages energy conservation has been protected – for now.
The new budget estimate is a new call for action. We must continue to work with Gov. Rell to tackle the deficit and it should be done without partisan finger-pointing and posturing.”
The governor will prepare another mitigation plan, to be presented after the 2010-11 budget in February.
From yesterday, some interesting proposed bills.
Larry Cafero wants to include an employment impact statement with every bill on employment.
Cafero also wants the legislative bodies of towns/cities to be able to intervene in binding arbitration.
Weirdly, Sen. Doyle wants to exempt Pilates instruction from the sales tax. That’s… specific.
Sen. Prague wants to repeal the in-school suspension mandate. Good idea.
Sen. Debicella wants budget surpluses to be used only to increase the amount of exempted income for state income tax purposes, reduce state long-term debt and fund the Budget Reserve Fund.
Rep. Robles wants to install traffic safety cameras.
Rep. Floren thinks towns should be able to limit the number of polling places for a primary.