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State Has A Budget, But

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

BOA Section Agency Description FY10 FY11
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
DOC Distance Learning $250,000 $250,000
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
DSS Fall Prevention $500,000 $500,000
DHE Americorps $500,000 $500,000
SDE Community Plans for Early Childhood $450,000 $450,000
OLM CASE $100,000 $100,000
30 DPH pilot asthma awareness $150,000 $150,000
Total $4,287,000 $4,032,000
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