HARTFORD (September 18, 2017): In response to the weekend’s news that the House has followed the Senate’s lead and passed a budget proposal, the following statement may be attributed to National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB) Connecticut State Director, Andrew Markowski.
The small business community has been calling for drastic reformation of our state’s broken budget system for years. The fact that this long and drawn out fiscal battle has resulted in bipartisan support for a budget with lower spending, fewer taxes, and long-term reforms is certainly a much-welcomed reversal of course. Now that the legislature has spoken, the small business community hopes that this or a substantially similar budget will swiftly become law.
Implementing a spending cap and adopting certain labor reforms are vital to ensuring that our economic climate can begin to heal from the poor policy decisions of the past. While no budget is perfect, the proposal that passed is far better than what was initially put forth from a small business perspective, and we applaud all those legislators in both chambers who supported this proposal. We look forward to continuing to work with lawmakers on each side of the aisle to advocate for the best interests of the small business community and the long-term fiscal health of our state.