Unions, a powerful force in Democratic politics, are not happy with the $19.76 billion budget deal that was crafted by Gov. Dannel P. Malloy and the Democrats who control the state legislature.
"Gov. Malloy’s budget, passed today with the help of Democrats in the legislature, is shameful," said Randi Weingarten, the national president of the American Federation of Teachers, now known as AFT. "Rather than ask Connecticut’s wealthiest to pay their fair share, they’re laying off dedicated public employees and slashing services working people rely on.''
Weingarten, a major figure in union politics, said, "At a time when the national conversation is focused on creating a fairer economy, it’s simply wrong for Connecticut’s legislators to pass this kind of anti-worker, pro-corporate budget. Make no mistake, this budget is hurting the services that all Connecticut residents need and deserve.''
In Connecticut, AFT president Jan Hochadel also had criticism for the package that was narrowly approved Friday night by the state House of Representatives on a 74 to 70 vote with 8 House Democrats voting against it.