Democrats to Unveil Budget Proposal

Legislative Democrats are set to unveil their budget proposal, of which virtually no details are known. The brief article states that the budget “raises taxes and cuts spending for nearly every state agency, but avoids major layoffs.”

The article also says that Donovan and Williams are saying that their budget “spends less” than Rell’s.

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18 responses to “Democrats to Unveil Budget Proposal

  1. The article also says that Donovan and Williams are saying that their budget “spends less” than Rell’s.

    I wonder if they propose cutting spending through layoffs of The Governor and her Chief of Staff?

  2. Alex P. Keaton

    Duck for cover, Skippy. We’re about to get slammed by tax increases. Don’t think so? Sen. Toni Harp opened the door in Waterbury recently during one of the majority’s budget road shows. Joined by a couple of other Appropriations Committee members, Harp told a crowd of business owners and manufacturers that Connecticut isn’t a high-tax state. How do you think they reacted? Funny stuff. Check out the audio in this clip:

  3. famillionaire

    Obviously there will be strong disagreements between D’s and R’s on what makes a good budget, but let’s not lie to ourselves here.
    RELL’S BUDGET RAISES TAXES!
    Raising fees, licensing dues, etc. are taxes by another name and this is the first time I have not heard Republicans calling them by that name.
    Both sides will use “gimmicks” and borrow to pay for ongoing expenses. It is wrong no matter who is doing it.
    As a parent, I would take a bullet for either of my children intuitively. Almost everything I do is for my children. I think that is the case of most parents (and grandparents for that matter). Our state government needs to do the same. Let’s take the pain now so our future generations don’t have to.
    I know I sound like one of those “won’t somebody lease think of the children” folks, but this is serious with lifetime, real-world consequences should any of the next generation decide to continue living in Connecticut.

  4. As a parent, I would take a bullet for either of my children intuitively. Almost everything I do is for my children. I think that is the case of most parents (and grandparents for that matter). Our state government needs to do the same. Let’s take the pain now so our future generations don’t have to.I know I sound like one of those “won’t somebody lease think of the children” folks, but this is serious with lifetime, real-world consequences should any of the next generation decide to continue living in Connecticut.

    Unfortunately the die has been cast. Neither Rell nor the Legislature are doing anything substantial to cut the overall debt and other long term obligations currently owed by the state. A good portion of the current deficits, and future ones, are cast in stone unless the unfunded legacy costs to state employees are addressed in a serious and significant manner ( See GM).
    The Dems budget proposal call s for employee concessions, but there is no indication that they are actually stepping up to the plate and demanding them. They leave it to Rell to work it out, but unlesss the Legislature stands behind her and makes it clear that they want and expect long term cost reductions, the unions are not likely to give up much.
    The current proposals are simply patch work . The roof will continue leaking, and the migration out of Connecticut will increase for both young and old, and every productive person in between.
    This Economic Downturn has been caused by over leverage, and the natural cyle that demands de – leveraging. Connecticut is leveraged to the hilt and neither the D’ or the R’s are doing anything to correct that. Our long term obligations are among the highest on a per capita basis @ about $17 K for every person in the state ( not all of whom pay taxes), and it’s the only debt that can be extinguished by simply changing an address.

  5. For anyone on the shoreline who might be interested:

    State Senator Ed Meyer is hosting a forum on the state budget next Thursday in Guilford.

    Thursday, April 2
    7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
    Nathanael Greene Community Center
    32 Church Street, Guilford

  6. Joe Sixpack

    State Senator Ed Meyer is hosting a forum on the state budget next Thursday in Guilford.

    “Colleagues, when i was in the New York legislature, we raised taxes by $9 zillion dollars, so this is nothing to worry about. I will not raise taxes, but will vote to raise them, then claim not to have raised them. Follow?”

  7. State Senator Ed Meyer is hosting a forum on the state budget next Thursday in Guilford.

    Awesome. Get that, Shoreline? A nine-foot tall state senator will appear before you in a maroon blazer and lime pants to explain to you why he is raising your taxes by $3.3 billion.

    Ought to be a good show. One worthy of the Muppets.

  8. scanman1722

    Awesome. Get that, Shoreline? A nine-foot tall state senator will appear before you in a maroon blazer and lime pants to explain to you why he is raising your taxes by $3.3 billion.

    Taxes won’t be raised on the middle class…that’s all that matters.

  9. Taxes won’t be raised on the middle class…that’s all that matters.

    Yeah. The middle class will only lose more jobs because of the 30% corporate tax. Way to fight for Connecticut families.

  10. “Taxes won’t be raised on the middle class…that’s all that matters.”

    All that matters? Read JM’s post # 4 for starters. The middle class worker in this state is a endangered spices. I submit to you that as each day goes by and more and more of the middle class becomes unemployed because our irresponsible General Assembly refuses to cut spending and deal with the things he points out each one is getting the equivalent of a 100% tax on their income. Maybe you think that doesn’t matter but I am sure they do.

  11. scanman1722

    All that matters? Read JM’s post # 4 for starters. The middle class worker in this state is a endangered spices. I submit to you that as each day goes by and more and more of the middle class becomes unemployed because our irresponsible General Assembly refuses to cut spending and deal with the things he points out each one is getting the equivalent of a 100% tax on their income. Maybe you think that doesn’t matter but I am sure they do.

    I want to see numbers that suggest we are bleeding middle class workers at the rate you suggest we are.

  12. I want to see numbers that suggest we are bleeding middle class workers at the rate you suggest we are.

    It’s called an unemployment line. It grew by 14,000 jobs in February and makes for a total loss of CT jobs in the last calendar year of 52,000.

  13. scanman1722

    It’s called an unemployment line. It grew by 14,000 jobs in February and makes for a total loss of CT jobs in the last calendar year of 52,000.

    News flash: your party drove this country into the ground. Unemployment is happening all over this country, not just here.

  14. News flash: your party drove this country into the ground. Unemployment is happening all over this country, not just here.

    Nice attempt to deflect. When losing, go back to Bush.

    I am talking about a 30% corporate tax helping wipe out more middle class jobs. That’s not nationwide, that’s here. Focus scanman, and tell me how that WON’T further hurt our economy.

  15. scanman1722

    I am talking about a 30% corporate tax helping wipe out more middle class jobs. That’s not nationwide, that’s here. Focus scanman, and tell me how that WON’T further hurt our economy.

    It’s either raise taxes on corporations, cut services, or tax everyone and not just those who are well-off. They’re all unpopular and do harm. Take your pick.

  16. It’s either raise taxes on corporations, cut services, or tax everyone and not just those who are well-off. They’re all unpopular and do harm. Take your pick.

    You forgot: clap harder, squeeze your eyes shut really tight, and pretend the budget deficit is 1/4 smaller than it really is. That one would be popular, I think.

  17. scanman1722

    You forgot: clap harder, squeeze your eyes shut really tight, and pretend the budget deficit is 1/4 smaller than it really is. That one would be popular, I think.

    My bad. I forgot we had a governor…

  18. scanman1722

    “I want to see numbers that suggest we are bleeding middle class workers at the rate you suggest we are.”

    From one of your own, Nancy Wyman’s office released this just yesterday:

    ” Connecticut has lost more than 50,000 jobs over the past year, including more than 14,000 in February alone”

    I assume you can do the simple math. At that rate we will lose over another 100,000 jobs just this year. I also assume from reading your posts this must be a real shock to you since you think the only ones your General Assembly Democrats are costing big time here are the “rich”……..

    Now how about you show me your numbers that demonstrate that your incompetent Democratic “leardes” in our General Assembly have any plans that will add jobs…….No, not more over paid public service jobs, I mean private sector jobs……You know the ones that pay the bills.

    Let’s also assume you actually understand any of this…. We are going to have to accept some tax increases for sure…….. Just as for sure there will need to be real, as well as significant, actual reductions in the cost of state government. ……….Oh yes “my bad”…….I forgot we have “leaders” like Donovan and Williams.

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