State Representatives John Frey (R-111) and Michael Ferguson (R-138) have joined State Senator Toni Boucher (R-26) and legislative Republicans in supporting an alternative budget proposal called “Confident Connecticut” that would balance the state’s budget without increasing the tax burden on Connecticut residents. The budget proposal, unveiled by Senate and House Republicans on Thursday, is an alternative to the controversial proposal that the governor advocated in February and could be approved by the General Assembly’s Appropriations Committee with three votes from Democrats.
“In crafting this no-tax increase budget, my colleagues and I made the decision to prioritize education and core government services rather than state employees’ unions,” said Rep. Frey. “A substantial amount of savings in our budget comes from common sense reforms to our bureaucracy that I have advocated for a long time, such as excluding overtime work from public pensions, increasing state employees’ co-pays for healthcare, and ending the practice of the state compensating union stewards for union work. With those savings, we hope to increase education spending, protect core services, and create stability for our cities and towns. I welcome the chance to have a conversation with the governor about using this plan as a foundation for the final budget.”