SOUTHINGTON - State Rep. Liz Linehan, D-Southington, will hear residentsâ€™ concerns about the state budget Wednesday at the Southington Public Library before meeting with legislative leaders the next day.
With the state legislature now entering into a special legislative session in an attempt to pass a budget, Linehan said she intends to â€śscream until blue in the faceâ€ť to advocate on behalf of residents and try to get a budget passed.
Residents will be able to speak with her at 6:30 p.m. at the library at 255 Main St.
Linehan said that although she will try to urge a bipartisan effort to pass the budget, her hopes are not high.
â€śThe governor has proposed his budget and the Republicans and Democrats have all proposed their alternatives and it remains under negotiation,â€ť she said. â€śIf the budget is not passed by June 30, and Iâ€™m telling you right now that it wonâ€™t, then the state will have to be run off of continuing resolutions.â€ť
These resolutions, Linehan said, involve frequent votes to give the governor the authority to control spending.
â€śIt means that there may be no borrowing moving forward and no school constructions,â€ť said Linehan. â€śLocal companies that rely on loans to hire may also run into some trouble. That doesnâ€™t do anyone any good.â€ť
Linehan said she will seek to clearly illustrate the impact of not passing a budget.
â€śTo me this isnâ€™t even a partisan issue anymore,â€ť she said. â€śWe need to get all of the stakeholders at the table and work together and put forth a revised budget that lends itself to long-term growth and balance.â€ť
Linehan said many residents have also expressed their dismay at the cuts to municipal aid.
â€śThey saw this as the reason that middle school sports were cut,â€ť she said.
Linehan said one of the most important reasons to get a budget passed is so that schools and municipalities know what they are dealing with.
Many communities, Southington and Plainville included, have passed their budgets assuming the cuts to municipal aid outlined in the governorâ€™s budget hold true.
Brian M. Johnson can be reached at 860-973-1806 or firstname.lastname@example.org.