Democrats Propose Scary Budget

In an effort to show what a budget with no tax increases could look like, Democrats have proposed $2.8 billion in draconian cuts to make up the gap between the governor’s budget proposal and the projected budget shortfall.

The three scenarios presented Monday evening — which Speaker of the House Chris Donovan, D-Meriden, said are not endorsed by the Democratic caucus — include closing two University of Connecticut regional campuses, one Connecticut State University campus, and two prisons, in addition to laying off 5,600 (or 13.5 percent) state employees and eliminating all deputy commissioner positions. (Stuart)

Rell’s spokesman was quick to respond with a statement:

“Now that the Democrats have put their $2 billion in cuts on the table, they should also put their $2 billion in new taxes on the table and then ask our citizens which they are more afraid of,” the statement read.

So this is the start of the budget negotiations. It isn’t really a negotiation yet, is it?

John McKinney claimed that this is political theater, and it is. But it’s also illustrative of a point the Democrats are going to get around to making someday (I assume), which is that new taxes are preferable to cutting needed services, including state colleges and thousands of employees.

The big debate still seems to be over just how large the deficit is.

Source
Stuart, Christine. “Democrats Propose $2.8 Billion In Cuts To Balance Budget.” CT News Junkie 9 March, 2009.

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2 responses to “Democrats Propose Scary Budget

  1. J……But it’s also illustrative of a point the Democrats are going to get around to making someday (I assume), which is that new taxes are preferable to cutting needed services, including state colleges and thousands of employees.

    Did you see the Q poll? Nearly 2 to 1 against raising taxes. I know you lefties are blinded by ideaology, but the the poll does not jive with your theory.

  2. “in addition to laying off 5,600 (or 13.5 percent) state employees”

    Hopefully 5,600 low seniority state employees will notice that Chris Donovan’s budget scenarios would suggest 5,600 of them go before asking all of them to pitch in a bit to help save all their jobs…..

    Oh and maybe the rest of the state will notice that since those 5,600 state workers must be doing something Donovan apparently feels large cuts to jobs and services are better than small concessions. Just amazing.

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