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STATE SENATOR

Mae Flexer

An Advocate for Us

Republican Budget Raises Taxes, Makes Devastating Cuts to Education, Jobs Programs, and Restores Fiscal Irresponsibility

It's been a difficult and frustrating summer working toward a compromise on the state budget. We need a budget that protects higher education, economic investments and our social safety net. We also need a budget that doesn't kick the can down the road regarding our long-term debt obligations. Unfortunately, that is not what we got from the Republicans last week.

Over the past several months, my colleagues and I have been working diligently to pass a state budget that invests in Connecticut's future and makes honest spending cuts and structural changes to pay down past debts. Despite their repeated false claims, the Republican state budget that passed the Connecticut General Assembly last week:

Raises Taxes and Fees Over a Billion Dollars

  • Raises taxes on people who own a home
  • Raises taxes on people who own a car
  • Raises taxes on 44,000 teachers an average of $1,500 per year
  • Raises taxes on 200,000 low- to moderate-income working people
  • Raises taxes on hospitals
  • Raises taxes on small businesses
  • Raises taxes on sports fans and concert goers
  • Raises taxes on homebuyers
  • BUT cuts taxes for the super-rich

Makes Devastating Cuts to Education, Jobs Programs and Local Institutions

  • Robs the state pension fund, returning us to the Rowland-era practices of kicking the can down the road, which will worsen the exact mess we've been accumulating over the past 70 years and which we've worked so hard to overcome the last 7 years
  • Decimates UConn with an unprecedented cut of $309 million that will dramatically increase tuition for students and could shut down academic departments, local branches, and some Division I sports
  • Cuts funding and scholarship opportunities to public and private colleges including Eastern Connecticut State University, Quinebaug Valley Community College, and UConn, which will dramatically increase tuition in eastern Connecticut
  • Ends funding for manufacturers to train workers
  • Cuts funding for fire training schools that support fire protection throughout our state, including in Willimantic
  • Provides little financial support to homeowners with crumbling foundations breaking the Republican promise to thousands of middle class families
  • Raises car taxes for Willimantic residents from 37 mills to 47.61 mills
  • Eliminates the Small Business Express program which has helped hundreds of Connecticut small businesses grow, including local companies like:
    • Baker's Dozen, Brooklyn
    • Fire Alarm Specialty Design, LLC, Windham
    • Willimantic Auto and Truck Supply, Inc., Windham
    • Sweet Peas Farm Market & Gourmet Foods, LLC, Brooklyn
  • Kills green jobs and stifles an emerging market, a market that Connecticut has been a national leader in, by taking $46 million from the Connecticut Green Bank and other clean energy and environmental initiatives
  • Puts dark money and lobbyist money back into Connecticut politics by eliminating the Citizens Election Program
  • Dismantles tourism districts, hurting a critical economic driver for our region

I have been and am still committed to doing what is right for this state. That is why I am ready to work together with my colleagues to pass a budget that does not return us to irresponsible fiscal decisions on our long-term debt, devastate our higher education system, or rely on unrealistic savings.

Sign Our Petition

Please sign our petition, and call the Governor at 1-800-406-1527 to tell him to veto this Republican budget and stand with me against these devastating cuts and tax increases. Together we can build a stronger future for Connecticut.