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News from State Senator Ted Kennedy, Jr.
     

May 12, 2016

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Legislative Office Building
Room 3200
Hartford, CT 06106-1591

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Senate Passes Budget with No Tax Increases

To my 12th District constituents:

I am writing to update you on the state's new budget plan. As we all know, Connecticut faces tough fiscal challenges due to lingering effects of a global recession, slow job growth and a structural shift in our economy. Reflecting this new economic reality, this state budget reflects some difficult choices that no legislator ever wants to make. However, I believe that this agreement is fair, draws upon the best ideas and compromises from both political parties, and incorporates the priorities of the residents of the 12th district. I want to thank all of my neighbors, constituents and local business leaders for taking the time to speak with me about your ideas and suggestions throughout the budget process.

The Hartford Courant
May 10, 2016

"By passing the no tax hike budget, lawmakers will begin the process of getting Connecticut's fiscal house in order and addressing the greater challenges ahead."
    - CBIA President and CEO Joe Brennan

Sends a Strong Message to Taxpayers & Businesses

  • Does NOT raise income tax rates
  • Does NOT raise sales tax rates
  • Does NOT raise business and corporate tax rates
  • Improves our tax structure and predictability

Implements Spending Cuts & Structural Changes

  • $1.5 billion from the state budget has been cut over the past year
  • Over $820 million in long-term spending reductions and structural changes will carry forward in future years
  • Significantly cuts the government's payroll
  • Reduces spending on state workers by capping nonunion pensions and increasing health care premiums

Protects Hospital Funding & Leverages Our Bioscience Sector

  • Restores funding to Yale and other hospitals, the drivers of our local economy and our emerging bioscience sector
  • Continues to invest significantly in our research universities, the hubs of innovation, ensuring that we have a competitive, highly educated workforce

Increases Local Funding & Protects the Most Vulnerable

  • Increases municipal funding by nearly $50 million
  • Continues a strong level of local education funding to ensure that our schools remain among the best in the nation
  • Dedicates a new stream of state funding to every town in the state to hold down property taxes
  • Protects funding for people with disabilities and seniors
     
 
 

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