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Rep. Siegrist Responds to Governor Malloy’s Budget

Submitted by Alicia V. Mucha, Press Secretary, House Republican Office.

HARTFORD – State Representative Robert Siegrist on Wednesday, February 7, 2018, the opening day of the 2018 legislative session, responded to Governor Malloy’s budget adjustments for Fiscal Year 2019.

Rep. Siegrist stated that the Governor’s proposal includes more of the same tax-and-spend policies that Connecticut has be devastated by year-over-year, with no long-term revenue or policy changes to put the state budget on a stable foundation either this year or into the future.

“The Governor’s budget fails to achieve balance and instead hurts the most vulnerable in Connecticut – the taxpayers are tapped out and can’t take any new taxes,” said Rep. Siegrist.

The Governor claims that his two-year budget adjustment adheres to the essence of the budget passed by the legislature this past fall. However, the Governor’s budget is drastically different—the approved bipartisan budget contained the first meaningful tax relief that successfully passed in years, while the Governor proposes to eliminate those new tax exemptions on pension/annuity and social security incomes to the tune of $16.1 million.

Gov. Malloy’s budget includes the following changes of concern to Connecticut residents:

  • Does not restore funding to the Medicare Savings Program
  • Cuts funding to municipal aid
  • Rejects the new Education Cost Sharing formula that fairly distributed funding for the first time in decades to schools based on need, population, poverty and other factors
  • Penalizes job creators with tax increases, while the national effort is focused on reducing burdens on job creators in other parts of the country
  • Implements a new tax on nonprescription drugs
  • Implements a new tax on low income working families and elderly individuals by eliminating the $200 property tax credit
  • Increases taxes on retirees by eliminating newly passed tax breaks on social security and pension income
  • Hurts the housing market by increasing real estate conveyance tax
  • Implements a new tax on tires
  • Increases one of the highest gas taxes in the country
  • Implements tolls with no understanding or details of locations or their cost to Connecticut residents
  • Increases the occupancy tax

The 2018 legislative session is referred to as a short session and its primary focus is to deal with all issues tied to the state budget and all proposed legislation must be fiscal in nature.

Anyone with questions, ideas or concerns about state-related issues can contact Representative Siegrist’s office at Robert.Siegrist@housegop.ct.gov or 860-240-8700.

One Response to Rep. Siegrist Responds to Governor Malloy’s Budget

  1. Earle Decker

    February 10, 2018 at 11:20 am

    Malloy is a wrecking crew who will probably move out of Connecticut when he vacates the Governor’s office!!