The state budget battle intensifies. Urban legislators who want to raise taxes on the wealthy fired at Office of Policy and Management Secretary Melissa McCaw. She fired back.
From Keith Phaneuf, CT Mirror
…”What I’m seeing in this budget does not look like equity,” said Sen. Gary Winfield, D-New Haven, who added that Connecticut cannot expect to combat systemic injustice without investing more in core services–and that requires raising more revenue.
… McCaw took issue, though, saying the administration is investing more than $230 million in federal pandemic relief in affordable housing and rent relief. Additional investments were made in social service agencies to reflect higher caseloads, if not to raise rates.
Connecticut still has the most generous Medicaid eligibility standards of any state, she added, and the proposed asset test is more lenient than similar ones in 38 other states.
“I’m not going to sit here as an OPM secretary–and as the first African-American OPM secretary–and take shots that the Black woman did not invest in equity,” she said, adding the governor proposed more investments in health care and education through the state’s bond package. “This is about a frank discussion.”
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