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SENATE PRESIDENT PRO TEMPORE

Martin Looney

An Advocate for Us

Bipartisan Budget: Funding for Seniors, Education, Towns & Transportation

After months of negotiations, Democrats and Republicans have worked together to produce another bipartisan budget that invests in our economy, restores funding for core services, protects seniors, rejects cuts to towns and local education, funds transportation projects, and rejects fare increases and service cuts for buses and trains. The bipartisan budget accomplishes all of this while not increasing taxes and putting over $1 billion in the state’s Rainy Day Fund. Below is more information on the specifics of what we passed on May 9 at the close of the 2018 legislative session.
 

Senator Looney.

Bipartisan Budget

Restores Funding for Core Services

  • Restores funding for the Medicare Savings Program in full to all 169,450 seniors
  • Restores funding for Husky A coverage to 13,000 low-income working parents who otherwise would lose coverage
  • Provides $5 million for emergency placements for those with intellectual and developmental disabilities
  • Restores funding for Elderly Nutrition Program
  • Preserves grants for substance abuse treatment and mental health care
  • Provides funding for Puerto Rico evacuees living and attending school in Connecticut
  • Continues tourism and cultural programs
  • Restores $2 million to fully staff the Connecticut state veterans hospital
  • Provides $16 million to the Retired Teachers' Healthcare Fund to provide the required contribution of 33 percent

Fiscally Responsible

  • Puts over $1.1 billion into our Rainy Day Fund
  • No new taxes

Protects Municipal Aid

  • Restores full funding for Municipal Aid
  • Fully funds the FY 2019 Education Cost Sharing grants
  • Fully funds Renters Rebate Program, protecting 48,000 people without cost to our cities and towns

Additional Transportation Funding

  • Stops proposed service cuts on buses and rails
  • Stops proposed rate hikes on buses and rails
  • Resumes our transportation bonding program and the $4.3 billion worth of projects that were put on hold earlier this year