The austerity budget that passed the legislature and was vetoed by the Governor cannot be a starting point for further budget negotiations.
To find out if your legislator supported the austerity budget that was vetoed by the Governor, click here.
Calls to your legislator matter more than anything right now:
Also, faculty from each campus can focus specifically on contacting the following legislators:
Central CSU: Sens Bye and Larson; Reps Abercrombie, D’Amico, Guerrera
Eastern CSU: Sens Flexer and Cassano; Reps Riley, Urban, Conley, Currey
Southern CSU: Sens Kennedy and Logan, Reps Scanlon, Gentile, Mushinsky
Western CSU: Sens Duff and Leone, Reps Arconti, Cook, Godfrey
What’s so awful about the austerity budget?
- Attacks collective bargaining rights: eliminates freedom for state workers to negotiate health care and retirement security, and makes significant changes to municipal collective bargaining;
- Guts our clean elections program:by gutting the program created after the Rowland scandal, this budget opens up the floodgates for dark money in our elections; • Intentionally denies funding for pension cost of living increases for retired state workers on fixed incomes.
- Increases taxes on the working poor:by drastically cutting the earned income tax credit, the working poor will have to pay $75 million more in taxes while the wealthiest 1% don’t pay a penny more;
- Hurts small business and communities: reduces the purchasing power of consumers while forcing municipalities to increase their mill rates and property taxes.
- Axes the budget for public higher education: these cuts will be devastating to our public universities and colleges and will result in increased tuition;
- It’s completely unbalanced: per the nonpartisan fiscal office, the budget creates huge deficits over $6 billion from 2020-2022;
- And so much more: cuts jobs programs at the DOL, cuts health programs, eliminates the Jobs Funnels Project, excludes funding to prevent Hartford bankruptcy, and more.