May 24, 2017
By Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel
Hartford, CT – Connecticut’s State Employees Bargaining Agent Coalition will resume talks with the state May 24 while trying to fend off demands for concessions from Gov. Dannel P. Malloy and both Democrats and Republicans in the state legislature.
Malloy’s May 15 budget proposal for the 2018 and 2019 fiscal years seeks $1.57 billion in concessions from state employees to reduce a budget deficit projected at $2.8 billion. The Democrats’ plan is similar, except it would cut the state earned-income tax credit instead of shifting teachers’ pension costs to local governments. The Republicans want more than $2.2 billion in givebacks, as well as privatizing several state services and mandating seven unpaid furlough days. Malloy said May 19 that he’d told Republican leaders he “didn’t believe we could do more.” AFSCME Council 4 said the GOP proposals “include particularly egregious examples of fiscal policies that prioritize the interests of Wall Street over the middle class.” The union, which made concessions on pensions and health care in 2009 and 2011, wants a “fair share” budget that would raise taxes on hedge funds and the wealthy, “not more of the same failed austerity policies that further threaten Connecticut’s quality of life.” Read more