Representatives Jason Perillo (R-113) and Ben McGorty (R-122) cast their votes against a state budget bill during a special session of the legislature called on Friday, May 13.
The budget measure agreed on by majority Democrats and Gov. Dannel P. Malloy does not raise state taxes, but cuts municipal aid, which will result in local property tax increases.
It also slashes mental health services, education funding and hospital funding across the state.
Perillo and McGorty stood with legislative Republicans last month as they put forth their own balanced budget that does not raise taxes, does not use the Rainy Day Fund and makes measured cuts that do not punish the most at risk, such as the poor and elderly.
The plan also included a comprehensive five-year strategic plan that reduces spending and achieves savings that will result in surpluses.
Republicans offered amendments on the floor of the House during debate, aimed at improving the budget package, but they were defeated on mostly party-line votes.
One of those amendments would have done away with the Citizen’s Election Fund, which provides millions of taxpayer dollars to candidates for state constitutional and legislative offices to run their campaigns.
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