State Rep. Linehan to address budget concerns at Southington Library

Published on Monday, 19 June 2017 21:22
Written by BRIAN M. JOHNSON

STAFF WRITER

SOUTHINGTON - State Rep. Liz Linehan, D-Southington, will hear residents’ concerns about the state budget Wednesday at the Southington Public Library before meeting with legislative leaders the next day.

With the state legislature now entering into a special legislative session in an attempt to pass a budget, Linehan said she intends to “scream until blue in the face” to advocate on behalf of residents and try to get a budget passed.

Residents will be able to speak with her at 6:30 p.m. at the library at 255 Main St.

Linehan said that although she will try to urge a bipartisan effort to pass the budget, her hopes are not high.

“The governor has proposed his budget and the Republicans and Democrats have all proposed their alternatives and it remains under negotiation,” she said. “If the budget is not passed by June 30, and I’m telling you right now that it won’t, then the state will have to be run off of continuing resolutions.”

These resolutions, Linehan said, involve frequent votes to give the governor the authority to control spending.

“It means that there may be no borrowing moving forward and no school constructions,” said Linehan. “Local companies that rely on loans to hire may also run into some trouble. That doesn’t do anyone any good.”

Linehan said she will seek to clearly illustrate the impact of not passing a budget.

“To me this isn’t even a partisan issue anymore,” she said. “We need to get all of the stakeholders at the table and work together and put forth a revised budget that lends itself to long-term growth and balance.”

Linehan said many residents have also expressed their dismay at the cuts to municipal aid.

“They saw this as the reason that middle school sports were cut,” she said.

Linehan said one of the most important reasons to get a budget passed is so that schools and municipalities know what they are dealing with.

Many communities, Southington and Plainville included, have passed their budgets assuming the cuts to municipal aid outlined in the governor’s budget hold true.

Brian M. Johnson can be reached at 860-973-1806 or bjohnson@bristolpress.com.



Posted in The Bristol Press, Bristol, General News, Plainville, Southington Herald on Monday, 19 June 2017 21:22. Updated: Monday, 19 June 2017 21:25.