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MAYOR BRONIN RESPONDS TO STATE REPUBLICAN BUDGET

MAYOR BRONIN RESPONDS TO STATE REPUBLICAN BUDGET

HARTFORD, CONN (April 20, 2018) – Today Mayor Luke Bronin responded to the budget plan released by Republicans at the State Capitol.

“Along with deep cuts, dramatic labor concessions, and a contribution from our biggest companies, the assistance agreement reached with the State makes it possible for the city of Hartford to be solvent and stable in the near-term, as we work toward longer-term sustainability and growth,” said Mayor Bronin.  “Last fall, I sent a letter to legislative leaders saying that there were only two responsible paths to fiscal stability – bankruptcy, or a new long-term partnership with the State.  I also said that the worst, most irresponsible thing we could possibly do is to keep the city afloat for two years without building a long-term solution – because while the bankruptcy of the Capital City would be bad for Connecticut, keeping the Capital City in permanent crisis would be worse.  There should be no confusion about the fact that, if the State were to roll back the assistance included in last year’s budget, Hartford would be back in the same position of insolvency and crisis.  This should not be a partisan issue.  You cannot run a city with the tax base of a suburb, and we will not grow Connecticut without building stable, strong cities.  You cannot talk about wanting to keep young people in Connecticut, wanting to attract jobs and investment, wanting to promote economic growth, and at the same time propose budgets that would devastate your largest job center and your Capital City – right at the moment when it’s beginning to experience a revitalization.” 

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