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On tolls, Fairfield First Selectwoman Brenda Kupchick said the governor “needs to once and for all just give it up. He’s changed positions so many times, and the way it stands now it’s not going to make anywhere near the money that’s needed.”
Lamont’s $22.3 budget proposal keeps taxes essentially flat, while projecting a Budget Reserve Fund of $2.8 billion by the close of Fiscal Year 2020.
"Agencies are making efforts to curtail hiring and discretionary expenditures, and the governor is prepared to exercise recission authority if necessary to mitigate against ending the year with an operating deficit," according to McCaw.
"We were looking at a $3.7 billion deficit, and today I am proud to say that we’ve closed it without an increase to tax rates and while ensuring that the safety net remains intact for the most vulnerable in our communities,” Lamont said.
“Democrat leadership appears lost,” according to Senate Republican President Pro Tempore Len Fasano.
GOP leader Len Fasano wondered if the governor is "going to take a stand on anything, or is he going to continue operating in fear of Democrat legislators?”
Gov. Ned Lamont greeted the proposal with enthusiasm, while Senate Republican President Pro Tempore Len Fasano said it would result in a state tax increase “of well over $1 billion."
After expected passage by the General Assembly, the legislature and the governor will have five weeks to negotiate the budget’s fine points.
“With all due respect to the new governor and state legislature, this kind of a structural shift has implications that will extend far beyond the best intentions of present leadership," says Newtown First Selectman Dan Rosenthal.
Lamont’s budget has two tolling scenarios – truck-only and cars and trucks. The governor estimates that out-of-state drivers could provide over 40 percent of the state’s tolling revenue.
Lamont has announced some of the legislative proposals he will include in his first state budget, as well as a proposal to shrink the state’s borrowing by 39 percent, the equivalent of hundreds of millions of dollars annually.
"No more funny math or budgetary gamesmanship,” the new governor told the legislature. “Don’t tell me some consultant says there are $1 billion in easy spending cuts -- show me the money or I will show you the door.”
Gov.-elect Ned Lamont is inheriting an estimated budget deficit of $1.73 billion for fiscal 2020.
“It is still very early in the fiscal year and so the state should only rely cautiously on these positive early indicators,” Comptroller Kevin Lembo wrote.
Reductions in service that had been scheduled to take effect on July 1 have been canceled. The state will still "need to find new, long-term funding sources to replace dwindling gas tax revenues," Gov. Dannel Malloy said. "This should not be seen as optional – it’s critical to Connecticut’s future.”