Malloy: “The House of Representatives failed”


HARTFORD, Conn. (WTNH) — As the deadline for a State Budget quickly approaches, Governor Dannel Malloy had sharp criticism for the House leaders for failing to get a budget proposal done, and refusing to vote on the proposed mini-budget.

Democratic lawmakers say they have a 2-year budget plan they think can pass; but Republicans quickly dismissed it; saying that it is a non starter.

One of the main facets of the new Democratic plan is an increase to the State Sales Tax to 6.99%. The legislature would be unable to finish the new 2-year budget plain until sometime next month. The target date for passage would be July 18th; which is the day after union concession votes would be completed.

Local cities and towns would also have a local option to boost the Local Sales Tax to 7.99% on food and beverages at restaurants and bars.

The plan claims that it will level funding for municipal aid, which would be paid for through the sales tax hike.

With no chance of approving a two-year budget in time, Democratic Gov. Dannel P. Malloy has urged leaders of the House of Representatives to pass the stop-gap plan he offered earlier this week.

He insists it will be less draconian than having him run state government using his limited executive authority.

While Democratic Senate leaders are willing to vote on Malloy’s mini budget, Democratic House Speaker Joe Aresimowicz says he prefers a bipartisan short-term budget, so long as it leads to a full two-year budget.

A House Democratic spokesman says it’s “99 percent” certain there won’t be a vote Thursday. It’s unclear if they can pass something Friday.

Governor Malloy held a news conference Thursday afternoon to discuss the budget. In his remarks, the Governor said that state lawmakers have had an opportunity to get a budget done, but have failed.Web Extra: Governor Malloy’s prepared remarks on the State Budget

I’ve had enough. We have a choice before us: we can either confront our challenges with urgency, or we can go home without trying. Public service is about putting the state’s interests ahead of your own, and the people of Connecticut should demand more from their state representatives.”

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