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WWL: Budget Debacle Continued
Where We Live - with John Dankosky
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12/15/2009
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The state legislature meets today in a special session called by Governor Jodi Rell

 

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The state legislature meets today in a special session called by Governor Jodi Rell. The plan for today? Not much.

Democratic leaders who control both houses of the legislature say they won’t take up any of the plans aimed at filling a growing budget deficit.

How big is that deficit? Well, somewhere between 330 and 550 million dollars…and that’s only a few months after passage of what was supposed to be a balanced 2-year budget.

Governor Rell’s “deficit mitigation plan” has been widely panned by Democrats and interest groups, who say it inflicts big pain on families, children, and the elderly…and cuts aid to cities and towns.

Legislative Republicans have their own plan, that cuts spending – but restores municipal aid.

Then, yesterday, House Democrats finally unveiled their plan – which doesn’t make cuts to services or municipal aid – but does delay a 100 million dollar contribution to the state employees’ pension fund.

Your head spinning yet? That’s okay – we’ll sort it out with budget guru Keith Phaneuf and lawmakers.

 

 


 
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Listener Email from Jim

This may seem a bit inflammatory, but I have to ask. The legislature is happy to push debt to the future or tax the rich (soon to be expanded to the almost rich). Can "the people" find a way to redact pension money from groups who benefit from deficit spending or bonding?

Listener Email from Lou

Enough is enough of the stalemated budget bickering from the same recurring talking heads. The people of Connecticut are tired of hearing from our state legislature about all the things they can’t do, all the programs and services they can’t cut. It’s time to focus on realistic, progressive and pragmatic solutions that we can accomplish. It’s time to rethink our state’s draconian stance on marijuana criminalization, and the tax revenue windfall that would accompany a retooled, forward-looking policy; not to mention the added benefit of a vastly reduced burden on state and local law enforcement resources.