NASW/CT Calls On The State Legislature To Include New Revenues In All Proposed Budgets

The State Legislature and Governor have to pass a state budget by June 30th or the Governor will begin to allocate funds monthly to keep state government and state funded services going. In the event that no budget is passed by July 1st it is unclear how much funds will be allocated to a wide range of social services, education and health care programs. What is clear however is that without the inclusion of new revenues in the 2017-2019 biennial budget the cuts required to make up the $5.1 billion deficit will devastate human services programs. Combined with potential federal cuts, especially to Medicaid, it will be disastrous for low to middle income households in Connecticut. We cannot let this happen.  

Legislators need to hear from constituents that the budget must include new revenues. We are asking you to contact your state senator and state representative and tell them that you are willing to pay a little more in taxes in order to protect human services, education and health care funding. It is a very simple message “I am a constituent and I am willing to pay more in taxes to have a balanced budget that asks all residents to pay a fair share to protect human services funding”. If you have a specific area of revenue increases you prefer, such as increased sales taxes, expansion of sales taxes to services, increased income taxes on the highest earners, soda tax, etc. feel free to add that to your message. What is most important though is the message that new revenues must be part of the new state budget.


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