The state's largest business organization today welcomed Senate passage of a bipartisan two-year budget package.

"Earlier this week, we laid out what a budget needed to put Connecticut on a new path forward," CBIA President and CEO Joe Brennan said.

"The budget approved by the Senate today includes much-needed long-term structural reforms and addresses the increasing costs of state government.

"The Senate addressed what businesses asked for: a stronger spending cap, stricter limits on state borrowing, required votes on union contracts, and further changes to the state employee retirement system.

"Connecticut gets the best results when both parties work together, particularly in critical times like this that demand a bipartisan solution."

Connecticut gets the best results when both parties work together, particularly in critical times like this.
— CBIA's Joe Brennan
Brennan noted that the budget package, which was crafted by House and Senate Republicans, also avoided harmful tax increases.

The bill passed the Senate 21-15, with all Republicans and three Democrats supporting it.

Brennan thanked all senators who voted for the budget, notably senators Paul Doyle (D-Wethersfield), Joan Hartley (D-Waterbury), and Gayle Slossberg (D-Milford).

"We recognize that state lawmakers face very difficult choices with the budget," he said.

"While this budget package is not perfect, it does represent the best opportunity to close the deficit and put Connecticut on a more sustainable fiscal path."

Brennan also urged House lawmakers to act in a bipartisan manner and follow the Senate in approving the budget.


CBIA is Connecticut's largest business organization, with thousands of member companies, small and large, representing a diverse range of industries from every part of the state. For more information, please contact Meaghan MacDonald (860.244.1957).