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Connecticut's Budget Short Fall

Governor Malloy is making Connecticut better

Connecticut is facing somewhere near a 365 million dollar budget short fall. The question is, what is being done about it? Governor Malloy released a plan yesterday which has about 170 million dollars in cuts to the budget. Unfortunately, that is the most he is allowed to cut by state statute. The rest now must come the general assembly. I think we are headed in the rest direction and will continue to if and only if the general assembly can somehow find cuts to make. The fats are the facts and we cannot spend what we do not have. If the general assembly follows the governor's lead, we will be in a good place. According to the CT Mirror, Malloy cut:

68.6 million from five agencies serving the poor, disabled, and aging

13.4 million in payments that would go to hospitals to treat unisured/underinsured

5.3 million from temporary assistance to needy families

8.4 million from the Department of Education

 

For those that say the governor has never made cuts, think again. Governor Malloy is doing the absolute best he can for the State of Connecticut.

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CAjones November 29, 2012 at 05:11 PM
Yes, we are headed in the "rest" direction. I say lets put this Governor to rest. And retirement.
Richard Poulton November 29, 2012 at 05:33 PM
But lets not cut that limited use train ride from NH to Springfield being built at hundreds of millions of State tax dollars, or that limited milage new bus route under construction. Keep these but take from those who need it the most.
Patrick Madley November 29, 2012 at 06:03 PM
Okay CAjones, like you've never made a spelling mistake before... It is supposed to read "right". Oh, and, maybe when you actually use your real name I'll show you some respect, as will others. Thanks. Richard, I agree. There is no need to spend money foolishly but it happens. In my opinion, education should never be cut... Never. Unfortunately, if that is what it will take to make the budget balanced, the governor should do what he has to, I suppose.
CAjones November 29, 2012 at 06:10 PM
LOL. It was a mistake? I thought it was more like a "Freudian slip" oh and Cal Allen Jones is my name smart arse.
Patrick Madley November 29, 2012 at 06:16 PM
Yes a mistake. You know, something we are all entitled to in our life times? Now, one question and then a comment. Do you even come from or live in East Haven? And, since you have stated your real name, I will now show you some respect as I stated I would.
Robert D. Hoff - Working for a better East Haven November 29, 2012 at 06:43 PM
I personally enjoyed the article and thank Patrick for taking the time to post it so that everyone could read it and learn from the information that was presented.
Beth November 29, 2012 at 09:52 PM
How much did all the layoffs that Malloy touted net? Did those layoffs ever happen?
Karen Seliga November 30, 2012 at 03:32 PM
I have to disagree - I don't think that cutting programs that people need the most is the answer. I don't know what the answer is - but it seems like cuts like the ones mentioned in the article above will only put people further behind the eight ball. In my opinion it's no longer just lower income folks that are in need of these programs - it's now a majority of us who are so called "middle class" who are needing the programs. Having one child in college and one heading to college next year - I definitely feel that there should not be cuts in education.
Patrick Madley November 30, 2012 at 03:41 PM
Thank you, Dan! Beth, I actually do not know the answer to either of your questions but I will attempt to find out. Karen, I agree with you for the most part. However, every single program that is out there someone needs, there will always be people who need Medicare, Medicaid, education, social security, health care, etc. that will never change. So I assume the governors intention was to cut something from all rather than all from one. Like I said, I don't believe education should ever be cut, I am and always will be a strong proponent of education. Unfortunately, that is what our governor decided to do. Now, it is up to the legislature to decide the rest.... I just hope our reps and senator do what is right in all aspects of the residents of this town.
Rosie November 30, 2012 at 04:18 PM
Gov. Malloy has once again shown just out of touch with reality he is...seems to be a common thing amongst democrats. Cutting services to those that need it most, and cutting education? What a stupid, ignorant move. What about all the people who can't afford, in this economy, to pay for college without some assistance? Why doesn't Malloy try living like the rest of us have to, then make cuts? But, hey, lets spend millions for a bus route that no one will ever use.
Patrick Madley November 30, 2012 at 05:23 PM
Rosie, in regards to your bus route comment, I have actually done some research and agree with you. The numbers they project are nothing significant. We in this state tend to spend more money on projects and services which are not vital to our lives but the vital stuff gets cut. As I stated, there is no reason to cut education and I am against that. I am a college student and I know the assistance needed for education. If it weren't for assistance, many of us college students wouldn't be able to afford college.
Lou November 30, 2012 at 07:31 PM
Does anyone remember oh about 10 months ago when Malloy increased sales tax, income tax, alcohol tax, and every other tax out there? He said this would clear up the deficit. My question is, why didn't it? Were we lied to again?
Richard Poulton November 30, 2012 at 08:34 PM
Lou, you are not following the Malloy instructions. WE DO NOT HAVE A DEFICIT, WE HAVE A SHORT FALL OF FUNDs. Now get it straight (LOL).
Rosie November 30, 2012 at 09:39 PM
Tax and spend....the democratic mantra...
Rosie November 30, 2012 at 09:41 PM
Agreed Patrick..I have one in college and about to have another. There is no way I can afford it without financial aid. This guy needs to get a clue. We are not all rich like he is. He is so out of touch with reality, it is sickening.
Richard Poulton December 01, 2012 at 05:30 PM
Did anyone else watch the GOV last evening while doing a walking press conference state that CT is in trouble because for the past 16 years there was a (R) in as governor. WOW. I guess he forgot to mention that those in charge in making up the final budget and where is to be spent was the (D) controlled Legislature all during that time. No governor has the power to spend money, the legislature does though. Look in the mirror Malloy and you will see the real problem.

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