REP. WRIGHT VOTES FOR DEFICIT
Deficit package maintains critical investments in economy
State Representative Christopher Wright (D-Bristol) joined a majority of legislators Wednesday night in voting for a second deficit mitigation package that cuts $131.6 million from the state’s budget deficit for the current fiscal year, while maintaining critical investments in Connecticut’s economy.
Even though this is the second of two packages to address this year’s deficit, Rep. Wright said that further reductions are more than likely to come as additional revenue figures become available in the weeks ahead.
“While we will continue to be challenged with balancing the budget and dealing with a growing deficit, we must also maintain critical investments in Connecticut’s economy,” Rep. Wright said. “As the global economy continues its impact on our state, revenue continues to decrease. We must tackle the deficit with a prudent, practical approach so that we can protect critical services that benefit our citizens, especially in these challenging economic times when they are needed most.”
The legislature adopted about 90% of the recommendations proposed by the governor with differences related to continuing investments in jobs, public health, energy efficiency, the environment and funding for municipalities.
The legislature’s budget committees will proceed with several hearings in the coming weeks to continue addressing the budget deficit. The governor is scheduled to deliver her budget proposal for 2009-2011 to the General Assembly on February 4.
The legislation, House bill 5095, passed in the House of Representatives 111 to 35 and in the Senate 24 to 12. It now goes to the Governor, who said she will sign the budget package into law. The previous mitigation package was approved in November and cut $71.8 million.
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