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Connecticut's Stakes in Competing Versions of Federal Budget

A new analysis by the National Priorities Project examines the proposed budgets from the Senate, House and the administration. Connecticut gets 23 percent of its revenue from Uncle Sam. Credit: White House Photo.
A new analysis by the National Priorities Project examines the proposed budgets from the Senate, House and the administration. Connecticut gets 23 percent of its revenue from Uncle Sam. Credit: White House Photo.
March 23, 2015

HARTFORD, Conn. - A new analysis sizes-up proposed national budgets from the House, Senate and Obama administration, and examines what those competing budgets mean for Connecticut and the nation.

Lindsay Koshgarian is the research director for the National Priorities Project. She says the severe cuts proposed in the House and Senate versions would have significant impact in Connecticut, which gets about 23 percent in revenue from the federal government.

"In 2013, Connecticut got $6 billion from the federal government," says Koshgarian. "That included $4 billion in public assistance through Medicaid and other programs and $770 million for transportation."

She adds, Connecticut cities and towns got an additional $645 million. While the House proposes cutting domestic spending by S759 billion and the Senate by $236 billion over the next 10 years, Koshgarian says the Obama administration would increase domestic spending by $178 billion over that decade.

Koshgarian says the differences between the budget proposals are stark and their analysis is that the Obama administration budget does more to address the priorities voiced by the majority of Americans in recent polling.

"Americans consistently prioritize jobs, the economy, education and safety and the treatment of those priorities in terms of federal spending and where they fall just couldn't be more different," says Koshgarian.

The Competing Visions Report notes the Congressional Progressive Caucus proposes the most significant funding levels for programs Americans say they value in the poll. The Caucus consists of one Senator and 75 members of the House. It proposed $1.5 trillion over 10 years above current levels in domestic investment.

Mike Clifford, Public News Service - CT