NORWALK, Conn. -- State Rep. Gail Lavielle (R-143) voted Tuesday in favor of an emergency deficit mitigation plan, balancing the state budget for the remaining three months of the current fiscal year.
“My caucus has worked with our colleagues across the aisle to produce a bipartisan package that closed a deficit of more than $200 million for fiscal 2016,” said Lavielle, who represents Norwalk Westport and Wilton. “I voted for this legislation because it preserves critical services for those who need them most, and holds towns and cities harmless so that they are not left holding the bag in the last three months of the budget year."
"But I must stress that this is only a temporary fix," Laviell said. "With the looming deficit of almost $1 billion that will be our mitigation target for the fiscal year that begins this July 1, I remain gravely concerned that unless majority legislators agree to substantive structural changes on how we run and fund state government, Connecticut will continue to face the threats of diminished critical services to the needy, higher taxes, and deteriorating infrastructure.”
The bill passed Tuesday restores more than $31 million in state funding to hospitals that the administration had proposed cutting. Consequently, the state is now able to leverage more than $100 million total in hospital funding, including federal dollars.
It also restores millions in proposed cuts to municipal aid, which cities and towns would be unable to make up this late in the fiscal year. Services to the intellectually disabled and the mentally ill will remain uninterrupted, Lavielle said.
After clearing the state Senate by a vote of 33-3, the deficit mitigation package was taken up by the House of Representatives, where it was approved by a vote of 127-16.
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