AFL-CIO Summary of Anti-Worker GOP Budget

While most of the state was sleeping in the early morning hours on Saturday, Sept. 16, the Republicans with the help of a few Democrats, passed an anti-worker budget that attacks collective bargaining, attacks the wages of construction workers, guts our clean election program, and raises taxes on the working poor.

The Governor has issued a statement declaring his intent to veto but corporate lobbyists and their supporters see an opening, and they’re pushing Malloy to sign this devastating budget.

CLICK HERE TO READ OUR SUMMARY OF THE ANTI-WORKER BUDGET.

What’s so awful about this budget?

  • Attacks collective bargaining rights: eliminates freedom for state workers to negotiate health care and retirement security, and makes significant changes to municipal collective bargaining;
  • Guts our clean elections program: by gutting the program created after the Rowland scandal, this budget opens up the floodgates for dark money in our elections;
  • Raises thresholds on prevailing wage projects: this will effectively lower the wages for thousands of hard-working construction workers;
  • Increases taxes on the working poor: by drastically cutting the earned income tax credit, the working poor will have to pay $75 million more in taxes while the wealthiest 1% don’t pay a penny more;
  • Axes the budget for UConn: the state’s premier public university gets axed over $300 million over the biennium which will result in devastating cuts to the school and increased tuition;
  • It’s completely unbalanced: per the nonpartisan fiscal office, the budget creates huge deficits over $6 billion from 2020-2022;
  • And so much more: cuts jobs programs at the DOL, cuts health programs, eliminates the Jobs Funnels Project, excludes funding to prevent Hartford bankruptcy, and more.

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TAKE ACTION: Urge Gov. Malloy to veto this anti-worker budget

And click here to read labor’s unified response to the devastating anti-worker budget immediately after it passed the state senate.