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SENATE PRESIDENT PRO TEMPORE

Martin Looney

An Advocate for Us

Republican Budget Raises Taxes, Makes Devastating Cuts to Education & Jobs Programs

Connecticut's future depends on smart investments in our economy and a strong education system.

Over the past several months, Senate Democrats 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.

Unfortunately, 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 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

  • Decimates UConn with an unprecedented cut of $309 million that will dramatically increase costs to 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 Gateway Community College, Albertus Magnus College, Southern Connecticut State University, Quinnipiac University and the University of New Haven
  • Ends funding for manufacturers to train workers and provide new jobs
  • Raises car taxes for New Haven residents from 37 mills to 41.55 mills
  • Raises car taxes for Hamden residents from 37 mills to 45.36 mills
  • Cuts funding for fire training schools around the state, including New Haven
  • Eliminates the Small Business Express program which has helped hundreds of Connecticut small businesses, including local companies like:
    • Square 9 Softworks Inc., New Haven
    • Pediatric and Medical Associates, P.C., New Haven
    • Greater New Haven ASC, LLC, Hamden
    • Carlton Industries Corp., Hamden
  • Kills green jobs and stifles an emerging market 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, including potential elimination of funding for the Neighborhood Music School, Long Wharf Theatre, the International Festival of Arts & Ideas and the New Haven Arts Council
  • Damages the state pension fund

I have been and remain committed to adopting a budget that meets the needs of the people of our state while not relying upon speculative and unachievable savings. That is why I am ready to work together with my colleagues of both parties to achieve a responsible, humane and enlightened budget.

Sign Our Petition

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