House Republicans today moved to settle the budget stalemate by coming up with a revised temporary, 30-day budget to head off the looming fiscal crisis that protects vital social services programs, summer youth jobs, hospitals and restores middle-class tax credits for property owners.
The so-called mini budget proposed by Gov. Malloy was not acceptable to House Republican Leader Themis Klarides said and included major policy changes that had nothing to do with keeping the state running temporarily.
“If the Governor and the Democrats are serious about avoiding the pain and devastation that would be inflicted by running the state through executive order beginning this weekend, they will support our efforts to craft a compromise,’’ Klarides said. “House Republicans have put forth three separate budget proposals this spring and summer and now we have come up with a stop-gap measure because we had to protect those most at risk. We can act on this now and avoid the chaos that lies ahead if we don’t have a full budget.’’
The House Republican amended version restores funding for the summer youth programs and eliminates the proposed tax penalties that Gov. Malloy wanted to impose on hospitals. It also restores the $200 property tax credit for homeowners that would be lost under the Democratic plan.
Klarides said the mini-budget would only last for 30 days under the Republican plan, unlike Gov. Malloy’s which covers the first quarter of the fiscal year. In addition, the Republicans roll back scheduled raises for state judges that will take effect July absent any legislative action. The raises the amount to $1.4 million and the added money would increase pensions for any retiring judges.
“The idea that the state would be handing out pay raises to judges when we are in fiscal crisis and when teenagers across the state will lose their summer jobs is not acceptable. It is time for the Democrats to come forward with a plan and not abdicate their jobs. Do the jobs you were sent to Hartford for in the first place,’’ Klarides said.
Malloy has said he would not accept changes to his temporary plan and that it would expire at midnight on Friday. Klarides will approach rank-and- file Democrats and members of the Senate to support the House Republican plan in an effort to avoid the draconian cuts to services that Gov. Malloy has repeatedly warned will automatically take place if there is no budget agreement by Friday.
“We are running out of time and the Democrats are out of ideas. I urge them to do the responsible thing and act in the best interests of the State of Connecticut,’’ Klarides said.