While most of the state was sleeping in the early morning hours on Saturday, the Republicans with the help of a few Democrats, passed an anti-worker budget that attacks collective bargaining, targets retirees on a fixed income, guts our clean election program, and raises taxes on the working poor..
The Governor has issued a statement declaring his intent to veto but corporate lobbyists and their supporters smell blood, and they’re pushing Malloy to sign this devastating budget. That’s why it’s important for Governor Malloy to hear from you.
Call the Governor’s office at (860) 566-4840 to urge him to stay strong and veto this toxic budget as soon as it arrives at his desk.
What’s so awful about this budget?
Attackscollective bargaining rights: eliminates freedom for state workers to negotiate health care and retirement security, and makes significant changes to municipal collective bargaining;
Gutsour clean elections program: by gutting the program created after the Rowland scandal, this budget opens up the floodgates for dark money in our elections;
Harms those on fixed incomes: Intentionally denies funding for pension cost of living increases for retired state workers on fixed incomes.
Increases taxes on the working poor: by drastically cutting the earned income tax credit; the working poor will have to pay $75 million more in taxes while the wealthiest 1% don’t pay a penny more;
Hurts small business: The Republican budget would hurt small business by reducing the purchasing power of consumers while also forcing municipalities to increase their mill rates.
Axesthe budget for UConn: the state’s premier public university gets axed over $300 million over the biennium which will result in devastating cuts to the school and increased tuition;
It’s completely unbalanced: per the nonpartisan fiscal office, the budget creates huge deficits over $6 billion from 2020-2022;
And so much more: cuts jobs programs at the DOL, cuts health programs, eliminates the Jobs Funnels Project, excludes funding to prevent Hartford bankruptcy, and more.
This budget would negatively affect every Council 4 member -- state, municipal or private sector-- in one way or another. That's why Mark Krauchick, a Seymour school custodian and president of our AFSCME Local 1303-025 local union, spoke against it during a rally at the State Capitol Sept. 21:
If this budget were to become law, it would lock in devastating policy ideas that would wreak havoc for decades to come. Who’s pushing this anti-worker budget? The CT Business & Industry Association, CCM, and the Koch brothers-funded Yankee Institute are all unleashing their supporters to try to get the Governor to change his mind.
Let the Governor know that you support his intent to veto this devastating budget.