Republican leaders in the General Assembly are slamming Gov. Malloy over his latest budget cuts, but even Speaker of the House Joe Aresimowicz is critical of the governor from his own party.
Under the new state budget, the governor had to invoke budget cuts mandated by the General Assembly and on Friday he announced $880 million in cuts. Among those on the receiving end of the reductions were municipalities, especially where it concerns the Education Cost Sharing grant. That led to an outcry from legislative leaders:
“The governor’s brazen decision to ignore the intent of the compromise budget is bare sabotage, and the clearest indication yet that he’ll spend his remaining time in office working to punish anyone who has opposed his failed policies,” said House Minority Leader Themis Klarides, R-Derby, whose considering whether to run for governor.
Speaker of the House Aresimowicz was a bit milder, but also offered criticism:
“I understand the governor has the responsibility to manage the budget to keep it in balance, but his decision to again put a quick target on our towns and public schools is misguided,” said the Speaker.
Labor was also hit with cuts too, but most of that was under the deal negotiated between the governor and unions.