Hundreds protest CT mental health cuts
(07/21/03)HARTFORD - Governor John Rowland (R-CT) signed his fourth executive order Monday authorizing another week of spending, and some protesters raised a cry about one money-saving provision. A group delivered 4,500 signatures to the governor, urging him not to privatize 30 group homes.
But the Department of Mental Retardation says as a result of the state layoffs and early retirement programs it does not have enough workers to staff the homes. The privatization will also save as much as $4 million.
Meanwhile, the stalemate at the state capitol continues as Republicans and Democrats wrestle with a budget that remains about $100M shy of a deal. Republicans think a one-year budget plan would work better than a two-year plan. Senate President Kevin Sullivan, a Democrat, says the one-year plan is fiscally irresponsible.
Another round of bipartisan talks is scheduled for Wednesday with neither side appearing ready to compromise on their basic positions.