CCM Statement on Budget Bill Adopted by the General Assembly

For immediate release

Saturday, September 16, 2017

 

From Joe DeLong, CCM Executive Director back to top

The budget bill adopted by the General Assembly earlier this morning took important steps toward stabilizing Connecticut’s fiscal crisis.

CCM is incredibly appreciative of the support from members on both sides of the aisle who realized shifting the costs of teachers’ pensions into the property tax with no plan for reform is not in the interest of our communities and residents.

Additionally, the long overdue recognition that cost saving reforms at the local level are necessary to allow communities to run more efficiently is refreshing and last night’s vote provides hope to towns and cities all across CT that true reform is no longer just a political buzz word.

However, there is still much work to be done and time is of the essence. The loss of GE, Aetna and Alexion make it clear now more than ever that vital urban centers are a crucial part of our state’s economic competitiveness. The reforms supported by policy makers earlier today can help our cities in the long term. However, a short term avoidance of bankruptcy for our Capitol City remains the responsibility of every policymaker in Connecticut. We strongly encourage members of the General Assembly and the Governor to come together now and provide the support necessary in the short term that will keep our Capitol City alive, as we continue to work toward the goal of making every Connecticut City a vibrant economic driver for our state.

This morning’s momentum toward progress cannot be lost due to inaction. Our organization remains committed to working together on a comprehensive sustainable solution.