[This petition will go to Governor Malloy and Members of the General Assembly]
This petition is the result of a collaborative effort between numerous nonprofit organizations working in Connecticut!
Connecticut’s budget situation is dire. Connecticut needs more than an austerity budget, with cuts only. We need a budget that is open to new, equitable revenue options and that builds Connecticut’s economy and invests in our families, neighbors, co-workers, and friends. Continued cuts will increase need and expenses over the years. With an estimated $5 billion deficit over the next two years, programs that help lift people out of poverty and create economic prosperity in Connecticut are under siege again. As the stewards of our state, you must not kick the can anymore. Numerous important programs assisting Connecticut’s children, families, and those who rely on the state are at risk:
- Care4Kids child care subsidies
- HUSKY A health insurance for parents
- Dental insurance
- Even Start, Help Me Grow, and Two-Generation parent-child programs
- Developmental/remedial education for community college students
- State Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC)
- Mental health services provided by DHMAS
- Fair and just election system
Connecticut cannot sustain deeper cuts to existing programs. Connecticut’s wealth gap is significant and hurts the long-term success of our children and families that work hard with little to show for it. Unless we can educate our children, unless we can create opportunity for successful employment, and until we build a community that supports all of our residents, any investments already made will be lost. As the stewards of our state, it is time you, our policymakers, support our long-term needs as investments and not as expenditures to be cut. We support revenue options that build a stronger and healthier Connecticut and are investments in all of our futures.
- Broaden the sales tax to include services and lower the sales tax rate
- Implement an excise tax on sugary-sweetened beverages
- Consider numerous other options detailed in this brief from Connecticut Voices for Children.
Cuts alone to close the $5 billion budget deficit could result in the loss of thousands of jobs, programs that create self-sufficiency, and the wonderful quality of life we have in Connecticut. We need a budget that empowers all residents to thrive, invests in our people, and isn’t balanced on the back of Connecticut’s most disadvantaged residents!