State Rep. Bill Hamzy, a Plymouth Republican whose 78th District includes a portion of Bristol, said there is "no famiy in the entire state that has responded to this economic crisis as the state has."
He said that lawmakers had a chance this year to take a serious look at restructuring state government to make it more efficient and less costly.
Instead, he said, "They took a pass."
To close the budget gap, Hamzy said, Democratic legislators agreed to take $1.4 billion from the rainy day fund, use $2 billion in federal stimulus cash, increase taxes by $1.5 billion, borrow $2.3 billion and make $400 million in spending cuts.
"How can you justify that to the average person who's struggling?" Hamzy asked.
Hamzy was among the sponsors of an alternative budget last night that would have cut more and not sought any tax hikes. It was shot down overwhelmingly.
He said the Democrats failed to offer a responsible budget and ignored pleas from municipalities to provide them with mandate relief.
Hamzy said the spending plan will result in more businesses closing their doors in Connecticut.
"There's no question about it," Hamzy said.
Hamzy said the state has to recognize that "we can't spend money we don't have."
He said the budget does nothing to help with the $4.4 billion budget gap that's already opened in 2012 -- and in fact would make it harder to deal with since borrowing costs will rise from $1.2 billion annually to $1.7 billion a year.
"This passes the buck," Hamzy said, instead of trying to address the issue.
"This is unsustainable," Hamzy said. "This is not the right path."
Hamzy said he is glad the technical school is getting funded, but isn't so sure the courthouse should survive.
"I don't know if that's something we can afford," Hamzy said.
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