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Trumbull Rep. Rutigliano: Malloy Budget Prop 'Fiction'

Rutigliano serves in the 123rd district of the Connecticut House of Representatives.

State Rep. David Rutigliano, R-123, issued the following response to Gov. Dannel Malloy's budget proposal:

“The budget is a work of fiction,” said Rep. Rutigliano.  “This budget is nothing more than a bait and switch intended to mask our fiscal problems with more borrowing. Connecticut needs to stop kicking the can down the road, and finally pick it up and fix our fiscal problems.  This generation cannot continue to saddle the next generation with irresponsible decisions.”

The state’s budget deficit for Fiscal Years 2014 and 2015 totals $2.46 billion dollars.  Malloy's plan borrows $750 million dollars to help pay for the day to day expenses of the state government, while increasing spending by 9 percent.

“A spending increase of $1.7 billion is not something you expect to see when we’re facing a $2.5 billion deficit,” said Rutigliano.   

Malloy’s plan proposes to borrow $122 million for state aid to cities and towns.  It closes the budget gap by bonding over $3 billion, moving $900 million out from under the state spending cap, and by extending the following taxes and credits: the generation tax, caps on insurance premiums, the corporate surcharge, and the implementation of the “Amazon Tax.”

“The Governor talked about keeping the budget under the spending cap,” said Rep. Rutigliano.  “What he didn’t tell you is he did so by placing $900 million in spending outside the cap. I agree with capping our spending, I do not agree with saying we are going to cap our spending and then going and opening up another credit card.”

Rep. Rutigliano did commend the governor for proposing to make the bipartisan deficit mitigation plan spending reductions permanent, and for joining Republicans in proposing to consolidate agencies. “Unfortunately, the few bright spots don’t outweigh the negatives in this budget package. Spending reductions must be a greater part of the budget resolution, or we will continue to be saddled with out of control debt and high unemployment,” said Rep. Rutigliano.

Jim Flynn February 07, 2013 at 03:02 PM
Representative, Please provide us with a list of the specific budget items that you would cut, and the amounts thereof, to arrive at the $900 million savings that are looking to achieve. I find that, unfortunately, in politics it is easy to criticize in generalities but when you are required to provide specifics, things get a lot more difficult. Thank you Jim Flynn
louis February 07, 2013 at 11:53 PM
Fiction, much like Rutigliano's qualifications to be state rep, but heck, there you go, the people have chosen
MAC February 08, 2013 at 01:46 AM
Jim, do you run your budget in a flimflam manner of taking out more lines of credit when you find yourself spending more than your income? Dannel 88 is famous for loving big government and MORE spending and TAXING! Further, he broke all his campaign promises to consolidate state agencies and bring down the numbers of managers, employees and cost to TAXPAYERS! Instead he gave state UNION employees raises and guaranteed NO layoffs! Rep. Rutigliano has made excellent points here. I am further dismayed by the guv's magic thinking that he can increase education spending by $152 Millions, yet squeeze the "town" side of municipal budgets without harming the taxpayers. In addition, Malloy "calls for a new state agency.  The Office of Early Childhood, will initially cost $243 million in the first year and $306 million in the second year.  In other words, more than a half-billion dollars. We are told the agency is designed to nurture and educate children to age 5."... Are not PARENTS responsible for "nurturing" their children?!!! Supposedly "the governor’s plan will make 'state government’s role more efficient and effective.'  Stop me, if you haven’t heard that line before. "More likely than not, with a Democratic-controlled General Assembly, Malloy will get his new agency, even with a state swimming in debt.  By next year, Malloy will label the agency a 'success,' while stating in the next breath, 'we need to do more.'"… http://www.danlovallo.com
Tom Kelly February 08, 2013 at 03:00 AM
The easiest thing in the world for Governor Malloy to do would be to cut spending. Instead of increasing education aid to towns, he could cut it. That would transfer the burden directly to local taxpayers. He could stop funding the construction of new schools and renovations. When towns needed to upgrade their aging buildings, the local taxpayers would be on the hook for the entire thing. He could give less aid to each municipality, and the burden would shift to local taxes. He has not chosen to do any of those things. I do think that both parties should work together to find solutions, and I'm interested in hearing what Dave Rutigliano would do. Thank you.
Kris K February 08, 2013 at 03:21 AM
Yes, other than the clever slogan used to criticize, I also wonder where you would cut from. We don't need you to be jumping on the bandwagon. Or maybe you'll want to make a statement by refusing state or federal aid. I reluctantly voted for our Govenor, hate some of the educational reform/charter school BS, but realize local taxpayers can't fund all these mandates alone. We should be helping business to grow by improving our transportation. What a waste Tweed New Haven because the neighbors resist expansion.
louis February 08, 2013 at 04:45 AM
Dave certainly know's lots of things about budgets and how not to balance them. His management of SBC was so effective, I'm told Hamden went out of business
Jim Flynn February 08, 2013 at 05:57 PM
Representative I am waiting for your specific $900 million in cuts. It's snowing today, your restaurants will probably close early. It will provide you with something useful to do Thank you
gail jarvis February 08, 2013 at 11:58 PM
Louis.... Didn't you run against Dave and lost BigTime!!! Did you get 50 votes maybe? Sour Grapes again?
Joseph Machnik February 09, 2013 at 04:13 AM
Without the carrot dangling in front of there noses they might take better care of the schools that they have. The state makes it to easy for the school boards to get money. We are in the throw away generation.

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