HARTFORD — For about six months, state legislators quarreled over the two-year spending plan, only to end today with an uncompromised $38 billion budget without the governor’s signature.
Today, the Gov. Jodi Rell fired off a press release saying she had exercise her line item veto power to remove “earmarks and pork-barrel” spending to what is now known as the Emergency Certified Bill 6802, An Act Concerning Expenditures and Revenue for the Biennium Ending June 30, 2011.
Under the state Constitution, the bill automatically becomes law without the governor’s signature five days after passage.
“I will not veto the entire budget,” Rell said. “However, I will not sign it into law, because I do not believe in this budget. I do not want, by my signature, to put a stamp of approval on their spending….”
Rell has also proposed to veto line items totaling about $8 million. The cuts include neighborhood youth centers in New Haven and Waterbury, a youth substance abuse project in Bridgeport and food pantry assistance in Manchester.
The state was more than two months late with a budget for the fiscal year that began July 1.
See Rell’s Proposed Cuts Below
|58 and 59||OSC||Miscellaneous — State Pilot for East Lyme ($100k) and Mansfield ($400k)||$500,000||$500,000|
|40||DMHAS||“A nonprofit organization with expertise in primary and secondary substance abuse prevention to build a community-wide, broad-based and inter-institutional approach to substance abuse prevention.” From Pre-Trial Substance Abuse account.||$100,000||$100,000|
|68||DPH||AIDS Interfaith Network||$100,000|
|DOC||Children of Incarcerated Parents||$700,000||$700,000|
|29||OPM||Neighborhood Youth Centers to Centro San Jose, Hill Cooperative Yough Services, Central YMCA in New Haven and up to $87,000 to Trumbull Gardens in Bridgeport||$287,000||$287,000|
|OPM||Neighborhood Youth Centers – up to $50,000 for the Valley Shore YMCA in Westbrook: up to $25,000 for the Rivera Memorial Foundation, Inc. of Waterbury; and up to $25,000 for the Willow Plaza Neighborhood Revitalization Zone Association in Waterbury||$100,000||$100,000|
|69||Ag||Urban Oaks Organic Farm from Community Investment Account||$50,000||$50,000|
|69||Ag||Seafood Advisory Council from Community Investment Account||$47,500||$47,500|
|69||Ag||Connecticut Farm Wine Development Council from Community Investment Account||$47,500||$47,500|
|69||Ag||Connecticut Food Policy Council from Community Investment Account||$25,000||$25,000|
|DECD||Main Street Initiatives||$155,000|
|505||DECD||Apportions $25k of the Main Street Initiative for the Ansonia Nature and Recreation Center||$25,000||$25,000|
|DMHAS||Regional Youth/Adult Substance Abuse Project in Bridgeport through the Pre-Trial Substance Abuse account. There is an error in the amendment — this earmark is added twice for a total of $250k each year. LCO is aware of the error.||$125,000||$125,000|
|DSS||Manchester Areas Conference of Churches Food Pantry from the Nutrition Assistance account||$75,000||$75,000|
|SDE||Community Plans for Early Childhood||$450,000||$450,000|
|30||DPH||pilot asthma awareness||$150,000||$150,000|