Legislators tout GOP budget plan

State Rep. J.P. Sredzinski (R-112) and State Sen. Kevin Kelly (R-28) recently joined their fellow Republicans in Hartford and proposed a budget plan that they said would close the $935.7 million deficit for Fiscal Year 2017 and put the state on a path toward fiscal stability.

The town’s GOP delegation in Hartford said the Republican’s Pathway to Sustainability plan includes no tax increases and protects funding for local town education, hospitals, and critical services for the most vulnerable in the state, including those who suffer from mental health issues and have developmental disabilities.

“Our plan is the only proposal on the table that closes the deficit facing the state next year and makes a serious effort to change the way our state does business down the line,” said Sredzinski. “We prioritize the key functions of government, including taking care of the most vulnerable in our communities, and make revisions to areas where we can find true cost-savings measures, including instituting a cap on state bonding. Our plan is responsible and the savings achieved in it are attainable. We have a financially sustainable path for Connecticut, and I hope to see our colleagues adopt our plan.”

Kelly, who represents most of Monroe in the Senate, called the Republican plan “a better alternative” to Governor Dannel Malloy’s budget.

“Rather than asking Connecticut to accept failed policies, reduced state services, higher taxes and a mediocre economy, Republicans showed that a common sense budget can restore funding to education, protect core social services for those in need, and fund transportation upgrades,” said Kelly. “This pathway to fiscal stability even delivers $1 billion to the rainy day fund over 5 years. By living within our means and protecting important funding for our children and the most needy, Republicans are solving the problems facing our state rather than hiding behind the Governor’s ‘new economic reality’ excuse. Our budget focuses on what is needed to get our economy back on track and grow good paying middle class jobs.

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