Minority leader comes to Bristol library to discuss budget | Bristol Observer

Minority leader comes to Bristol library to discuss budget

March 21, 2013

The following press release was issued by General Assembly Republicans:
McKinney Statewide Budget Tour Tonight in Bristol
Sen. Jason Welch, Rep. Whit Betts Co-Host

Who? Senate Minority Leader John McKinney, Senator Jason Welch and Representative Whit Betts
What? Will hold a state budget forum
Where? Bristol Library Meeting Room 2, located at 5 High Street.
When? 7:00 p.m.- 8:30 p.m.

Background:
The forum is the fourth stop on Sen. McKinney’s eight-town “Fiscal Responsibility Tour” to discuss Governor Daniel P. Malloy’s budget proposal and to gather public input for the coming legislative debate.

Sen. McKinney said, “The governor’s budget is the most dishonest I’ve seen in my 15 years in the legislature. There are a number of areas where his rhetoric simply doesn’t match the reality of his proposal. For example, he claims $1.8 billion in cuts, but his budget actually spends $1.8 billion more over the next two years. And he promised no new taxes, but instead extended several taxes that were set to expire. People deserve to know the truth, so we will spend some time on this tour separating fact from fiction.”

Sen. Welch agrees the governor’s proposed spending increases are unaffordable. But he also believes the governor’s budget fails to prioritize essential government functions. For example, while the budget increases spending on state employees, it would result in significant cuts to state hospitals.

“In Bristol we are dealing with the potential for savage cuts to our community hospital,” said Sen. Welch. “Bristol Hospital is central to this community. The Governor’s proposed budget slashes nearly $500 million to hospitals around the state this is not only unfair it’s a threat to jobs, community and the public health.”

“This public forum is a must for all the people who want to know why the adoption of Governor
Malloy’s budget will force Bristol to increase by a significant amount our local taxes and lead to the likely elimination of medical service programs/jobs provided by Bristol Hospital,” said Rep.Betts.

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