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State Senator

Steve Cassano

Representing Andover, Bolton, Glastonbury & Manchester

Senator Cassano Responds To Gov. Lamont’s Budget Address

Today, State Senator Steve Cassano (D-Manchester) responded to the budget announcement for the next fiscal year made Wednesday afternoon by Governor Ned Lamont. In his address to the General Assembly, Gov. Lamont declared efforts to dig into the state’s budget deficit with a variety of proposals.

“The governor clearly has recognized the honesty of the situation today,” said Sen. Cassano. “Somebody’s got to step up and make some of the tough changes no one wants to deal with, and that’s what this proposal does. He’s made it clear he wants everyone to be part of the process on both sides of the aisle, which is good as he’s willing to listen.”

“We can move some stuff forward if we need to sacrifice for a year,” said Sen. Cassano in agreeing with pieces of Gov. Lamont’s proposed “debt diet,” which would restrict the state’s bonding in future years. “A simple example: school building projects. We can put them off for one year and that’s millions of dollars saved. If the schools have waited this long, they can wait one more year. Those are the kinds of decisions we need to make.”

“Governor Lamont put forth a responsible budget that addresses our deficit and invests in our economy,” said Senate President Pro Tempore Martin M. Looney (D-New Haven). “Today was the beginning of the General Assembly’s budget process and I look forward to working together with him in crafting a final product. I want to thank the Governor for including critical policy proposals for Connecticut families including raising the minimum wage to $15 and a paid family and medical leave program.”

“I applaud Governor Lamont for tackling a number of important structural budget issues in his address today,” said Senate Majority Leader Bob Duff (D-Norwalk). “The Governor’s budget is a first step in the legislature’s budget process. Senate Democrats and myself will be evaluating and debating his proposals and many others in the months to come. I am particularly supportive of the Governor’s ideas to streamline state government by modernizing our IT infrastructure and moving more state functions online. However we move forward we need to ensure Connecticut’s budget works for middle class families, improves education, and invests in our economic future.”






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