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Local lawmakers react to fiscal year starting without a budget plan

Brookfield State Representative Stephen Harding called it a failure for the legislature not to have a budget enacted by July 1st.  He says the alternative, the Governor's executive authority, would devastate funding for the local community.

 

Newtown state Representative Mitch Bolinsky was at the state capital Thursday for a planned special session on a new budget, but one was never called for debate and votes.  He says it as not productive for the majority to ignore the budget in favor of debate on dozens of bills that they knew would not actually be voted on, such as tolls.

 

New Milford state Representative Bill Buckbee is disappointed that the House wasn't called into session.  He says a budget must take into consideration long-term pension obligations, minimize overall spending, enact structural change, and not further burden taxpayers. 

 

Bethel State Representative Will Duff says leaving the state budget in the hands of a single individual, the Governor, without input or a check from the legislature, will cause pain and suffering to Connecticut’s most vulnerable residents. 

 

Wilton Senator Toni Boucher is disappointed the state is starting the new fiscal year without a legislative-approved budget.  She called it embarrassing and infuriating.  She says they must now face constituents who will ask what they've been doing in Hartford since January.  

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