The proposed budget, negotiated by Legislative Democrats and Gov. Malloy, is now available online.
You can find it here.
The Connecticut Business & Industry Association is urging businesses statewide to support this budget, which does not include any tax increases and does include some structural changes that will save money not just in this fiscal year but beyond.
You can read CBIA's reasons for supporting the proposed budget here. In a conversation I had with CBIA's Brian Flaherty, he said that while the current proposal is far from perfect (no surprise), it could only get worse if it's reworked. CBIA is concerned about calls by various unions in the state to raise taxes and reduce some cuts accordingly.
The Connecticut Conference of Municipalities is less thrilled with the budget and would like to see some state mandates eliminated in exchange for their support of the budget. You can read about that here.
At the moment, the state Senate is scheduled to convene in Special Session on Thursday, May 12. The House has not yet said when it will convene.
Now, however, is the time to let your legislators know how you feel. The Chamber agrees with CBIA that this budget is likely the best we can do at this point and should be supported. Call or send an email addressed specifically to your legislator demanding they approve the budget as proposed.
Here's the contact list:
Contact Your Legislators:
Senate Democrats (1-800-842-1420)
Sen. Dante Bartolomeo: Cheshire, Meriden, Middlefield, Middletown
Sen. Joseph J. Crisco Jr.: Ansonia, Beacon Falls, Bethany, Derby, Hamden, Naugatuck, Woodbridge
Sen. Joan Hartley: Waterbury, Middlebury
Senate Republicans (1-800-842-1421)
Sen. Rob Kane: Bethlehem, Bridgewater, Middlebury, Oxford, Seymour, Southbury, Roxbury, Washington, Watertown, Woodbury
Sen. Joe Markley: Cheshire, Prospect, Southington, Waterbury, Wolcott
House Democrats (1-800-842-1902)
Rep. Jeff Berger: Waterbury
Rep. Larry Butler: Waterbury
Rep. Theresa Conroy: Beacon Falls, Seymour, Derby
Rep. Mary Fritz: Cheshire, Wallingford
Rep. Geraldo Reyes: Waterbury
House Republicans (1-800-842-1423)
Rep. Al Adinolfi: Cheshire, Southington, Wallingford
Rep. Eric Berthel: Watertown, Woodbury
Rep. Anthony D'Amelio: Middlebury, Waterbury
Rep. David Labriola: Naugatuck, Oxford, Southbury
Rep. Craig Miner: Bethlehem, Litchfield, Morris, Warren, Woodbury
Rep. Selim Noujaim: Waterbury
Rep. Arthur O'Neill: Bridgewater, Roxbury, Southbury, Washington
Rep. John Piscopo: Burlington, Harwinton, Litchfield, Thomaston
Rep. Rosa Rebimbas: Naugatuck
Rep. Rob Sampson: Southington, Wolcott
Rep. Lezlye Zupkus: Bethany, Cheshire, Prospect