As discussions and negotiations begin around the FY 2016-2017 midterm budget adjustments this legislative session, it is critical that the state continue its deep-seated commitment to Connecticut's Community Action Agency (CAA) Network and antipoverty efforts.
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Had state government slashed its way out of a budget deficit five years ago, Gov. Dannel P. Malloy often has said, Connecticut’s quality of life would be unrecognizable. But the Democratic governor now is urging spending cuts over the next two years that key Democratic lawmakers argue could have an impact similar to cuts Republicans sought – and Malloy decried – in 2011.
Once again, critical funding for the state's low-income individuals and families is on the chopping block. Connecticut's Community Action Agency Network is advocating to Governor Malloy and the legislature to protect and preserve Human Services Infrastructure funding, the "core" funding for CAAs, from being cut in the FY 2016-2017 biennial budget.
A top Democrat on the legislature's appropriations committee on Wednesday blasted human services budget cuts ordered by Gov. Dannel P. Malloy. Rep. Cathy Abercrombie, a Democrat from Meriden, said lawmakers should meet to roll back the "devastating" $16 million in reductions to mental health treatment, substance abuse counseling, programs for people with developmental disabilities and other social service programs.
Senate Democrats took the extraordinary step in the final hour of the 2015 session Wednesday of threatening to cut off debate to ensure passage of a new state budget that raises tax revenues by $2 billion.
Gov. Dannel P. Malloy did nothing Thursday to mollify legislative Democrats who openly defied him over the past week by largely rejecting his deep budget cuts in favor of higher taxes on the wealthy, businesses and hospitals.
Proposed funding cuts to social service programs are one of the most vexing challenges for Connecticut lawmakers as they struggle to find the money to replenish what some call devastating reductions. Both Democrats and Republicans have voiced strong objections to Gov. Dannel P. Malloy’s proposal, which cuts funding to initiatives ranging from home care services for the elderly to Medicaid eligibility for needy pregnant women. Hospitals and not-for-profit agencies have warned they’ll be forced to scale back staff and services if the Democrat’s proposals become law.
Exactly four years ago, Gov. Dannel P. Malloy was in Norwich for the fifth of 17 town-hall meetings to pitch Connecticut on the labor concessions and record tax increase he proposed to erase the nation’s largest per-capita state deficit.
Connecticut’s Community Action Agencies, the state and federally designated antipoverty agencies covering every city and town in Connecticut, are dealing with a devastating cut in Gov. Dannel Malloy’s proposed FY 2016-2017 biennial budget. For the first time ever, the governor is proposing to completely eliminate Human Services Infrastructure (HSI) funding, the “core” funding for the action agencies, from the budget. Community Action Agencies provide basic needs services such as food, shelter, heating assistance, and child care to the state’s low- and moderate-income communities in all of our 169 cities and towns.
Community action agencies urge governor, legislature to restore $3.4 million in critical anti-poverty funds
The Connecticut Association for Community Action (CAFCA) today will call on Governor Malloy and the state legislature to restore $3.4 million in critical Human Services Infrastructure (HSI)-Community Action Program funds to the state budget?funds which help hundreds of thousands of those in need in Connecticut receive essential, basic human services.