GOP Unveils Budget

Republicans put out their own budget proposal today which does not raise taxes, eliminates public financing of elections, and consolidates agencies.

Here are the highlights:

  • Early retirement to save more than $285 million
  • State worker concessions for salary, health care and pension benefits that save $662 million
  • Folding 23 agencies into six and implementing a hiring freeze to reduce overhead costs. Two more agencies would be merged into the General Fund
  • Overhauling the higher education bureaucracy that duplicates services and drives up tuition for families struggling to pay for college
  • Preserving school and municipal aid
  • Using the Rainy Day Fund for what it was intended – fiscal distress
  • Imposing $900 million in hard cuts
  • Restoring $25 million in municipal aid cut by Democrats and the $500 property tax credit for families earning as little as $46,000
  • Engaging private companies that can perform duties such as state park maintenance

So there you have it–a budget alternative that, because the party proposing it has so few members in either chamber, will never come close to passage. It’s possible that a few of these ideas will make it into the final budget, but that isn’t something the GOP should count on.

So why do it? Because it’s a chance for the opposition party to show how it would, should voters ever decide to elect a GOP majority, govern.

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14 responses to “GOP Unveils Budget

  1. So there you have it–a budget alternative that, because the party proposing it has so few members in either chamber, will never come close to passage. It’s possible that a few of these ideas will make it into the final budget, but that isn’t something the GOP should count on.

    That’s not entirely true.

    In 2007, the Governor proposed raising the income tax with the intention of using that money to eliminate car taxes and increase ECS funding.

    The Dems decided to take her increase and raise taxes even further, all the while keeping the car tax and ECS funding at same levels (they were just going to make government bigger — like Dems like to do).

    The Republicans in the state house came out with their no-tax increase budget and guess what? That’s what was approved.

    So, while it isn’t likely their budget will be adopted, it isn’t unimaginable that they will have a big impact on the final product.

    Their timing certainly was great — on the heels of the tea party protests.

  2. So why do it? Because it’s a chance for the opposition party to show how it would, should voters ever decide to elect a GOP majority, govern.

    WRONG! You do it because it just makes sense.

  3. Finally…I was wondering when the Republicans in Hartford would finally wake up and offer something.

    The Guv weighed in with a very aggressive budget before the budget deficit got even worse. The Dem’s did the predictable (and easy) thing of raising taxes in thier budget by over $3 Billion to solve our State’s budget issues.

    Now…the Legislative Republicans weigh in. It appears they basically looked at the Governor and the Democrat Plans — took what they liked in terms of their cuts….added some more — and then offered up their plan. Essentially, this new plan seems to be a mixture of both.

    It will be interesting to see the Democrats response (in Hartford and on this Blog) to this budget considering the GOP took many of the Democrats own ideas and adopted it in their plan…without, of course, the $3 Billion in new taxes.

    So the real question to Mr. Democrat is: Do you favor a plan which contains many of your ideas WITHOUT tax increases OR do you continue to push for your own plan WITH tax increases? Seems to me like the Dem’s are in a corner, no? Especially considering the public’s current dislike for more taxes (see any Q-Poll or the 5,000+ people at yesterday’s tea rallies statewide.)

  4. The Guv weighed in with a very aggressive budget before the budget deficit got even worse.

    Wrong. The governor’s budget was off the mark by over $2 billion the very day that she proposed it.

  5. wizardsleeve

    you ‘wingers are all the same.

    You can’t fundementally change government. We need to continue to have the Dem legislature grow gov’t so big the taxpayers can’t afford to fund it.

    you ‘wingers should just let the dems scare away all residents and businesses. The Dems have all the answers, their stewardship of the state’s economy has been top notch.

    you ‘wingers weren’t elected to run gov’t so stop trying to lead, stop tring to be innovative, stop trying to attract buisnesses and jobs to CT, stop trying to do what is best for CT, let the Dems continue to make everyone of us more dependent on a gov’t we can’t substain unless sooner or later we tax the living hell out of everyone.

    ‘wingers, dems can always keep going to the well and raise additional income taxes and when gov’t doubles in size in the coming years who is next?

    The definition of insanity is repeating the same thing over and over and expecting a different result, isnt that what the state budget process has become. You ‘Wingers need to get with it, interjecting common sense into the debate is a bad idea that is frowned upon by the Dems.

  6. How ironic that in Connecticut, the GOP is pushing for change to try and benefit its residents, while the old, broken down Democrat machine is pushing for more of the same tax and spend policies. Whether you agree with the plan or not, it is refreshing to some “new,” out-of-the-box thinking.

  7. You do it because it just makes sense.

    In reviewing what the Republicans put forth today, that seems to be the overarching theme: Common Sense.

    Given all the talk earlier this year, it was surprising the Democrats couldn’t make any tough calls to downsize, they instead went straight for taxes a couple weeks ago. A major disappointment to anyone with ‘hope’ for a new approach/change.

    Jacking up taxes now?!! With THIS economy?!!

    Ridiculous.

    Look to see some of the things proposed today included the final product that gets approved down the road.

    Someone’s lunch is missing, again.

  8. Thank goodness for the Governor and the legislative Republicans! We can do this without raising your taxes!

    FYI….check out this link:

  9. wtfdnucsailor

    Cutting funds that reduce the amount of federal funds sent to the state is not smart. That being said, now I hope all parties can sit down in a room and come up with a budget for the state that is fair and balanced with as small a tax hike as possible. I pray that the State unions will also give back enough to keep that tax hike down.

  10. Acutally, the House GOP has told me that absolutely ZERO dollars in federal funding are jeopardized in this proposal. They take every dime.

  11. with as small a tax hike as possible.

    No tax hike, not on anything. None, zero, nada.

    Even the hair-brained additional CT tobacco tax hike (which has nothing to do with smoking and everything to do with small business) is a lousy idea.

    More today than ever.
    NYC (just the city, not the state) lost 150 million last year in bootleg butts; RI is awash with them too thanks their new higher tax.

    Connecticut retailers, most especially in border towns, are finally having a field day *and* I can already cite one that has had to hire additonal help for 2 of his 4 locations – and this is a tobacco retailer, NOT a C-store operator.

    Biggest cigar operation in New England among other things.

    Chris MC knows the place too.

  12. Wow – a full day plus since the budget dropped, and not any Dem responses on the blog ripping them? Aren’t any of you staffers working at the LOB today? Where’s Scooper? They all must be outside, soaking up the sun before the Dems tax that as well.

  13. As a Dem – who shares all of your concerns about the state’s current fiscal situation – I applaud the Republican’s efforts to offer up a budget of their own – but by giving them credit for the passage of the no-tax budget in 2007 – you need to give them some of the credit for the massive deficit we now face – because the massive increases in ECS and Medicaid funding without increases in revenue or cuts are at least partially the reason we are so deeply in the red. While they can claim to have proposed cuts that year – they chose to let those die and pat themselves on the back for not increasing taxes. The fact is the Governor and Larry Cafero know there will be tax increases and they both have underestimated the deficit – but the Dems have failed to show the courage necessary to make more meaningful cuts and reduce the size of state government. $3.3 billion in new taxes is unacceptable and I applaud the Republicans for restoring the property tax write off for middle-class taxpayers. But there needs to be some honesty on both sides – and while I thouroughly enjoyed the House R’s you tube video – they know there will be tax increases but with only a handful of members they do not have take any responsiblity for them when the Dems and the governor come up with a compromise. It will be interesting to see if they choose to support such a combination of tax increases, larger cuts and some borrowing if and when a compromise comes about.

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