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Bristol GOP Legislators Release Statement on Governor’s Proposed Budget

Whit Betts

State Rep Whit Betts

Bristol State Reps. Cara Pavalock and Whit Betts  joined their legislative colleagues in a joint session of the House and Senate as Governor Malloy delivered his biennial budget address.

The governor outlined his proposed budget for FY 2018-2019. The lawmakers released an official statement in response to the plan:

“The theme behind the governor’s budget strategy is to pass on to others (i.e. taxpayers, town, hospitals, etc.) the fiscal responsibility currently assumed by the state. The one thing we continue to hear at our monthly coffee hours is that taxpayers are overburdened, and cannot afford any more increases. Over the coming days, we will be learning more about the specifics of the governor’s plan and its impact, good or bad, on taxpayers and their families, and the state of Connecticut. We are encouraged to see that funding has been allocated to special education, which would provide much needed resources.”

The Governor’s proposed budget passes the State’s fiscal burden onto the backs of the lower and middle class taxpayer.

Aside from the high likelihood causing local property taxes to be raised, the proposed budget increases the bottle deposit on carbonated beverages from $.05 to $.10, eliminates the property tax credit that is used by nearly 1 million homeowners, and closes the seven rest areas throughout the state.

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