Democrats responded to GOP criticism of their budget today, defending it as the only balanced and “honest” option out there.
Sen. Majority Leader Martin Looney, D-New Haven, said spending cuts alone would not have been responsible. He said education funding and college campuses would have to closed in order to close the budget deficit if no new revenue was sought.
“The way you create meaning is to be responsible and make hard choices even though you know those choices will be opposed,” Looney said. “We are, to this point, the only ones dealing with reality and dealing with the hard facts that are before us.”
While Rell’s budget only asked for sacrifices to be made by certain segments of the population, Democrats said Friday that their budget asks for everyone to sacrifice including the wealthy and businesses. (Stuart)
This is the Democratic response, then, to insist that the governor is still living in la-la land, while they are the ones making the tough choices, and sharing the pain equally among every sector.
Democrats are still hoping to find savings from union concessions, among other things.
Senate Democrats released a list of “facts” and “fiction” today in defense of the budget. You can see it here (PDF).
Stuart, Christine. “Democrats Respond To Republican Critics.” CT News Junkie 3 April, 2009.