The state surplus is bigger than expected and at least two elected officials want it all to go to home heating assistance when the General Assembly convenes next Friday for yet another special session.
In a press release sent out Wednesday morning Senate President Donald Williams, D-Brooklyn, said, “any surplus in excess of the $22 million should be set aside in an emergency account that will be dedicated to helping families make ends meet this winter.”
The Office of Fiscal Analysis reported at the end of last week that the surplus had grown from $22 million to an estimated $85 million.
Later Wednesday afternoon Gov. M. Jodi Rell sent out a press release saying, “My budget office agrees that the budget surplus has grown to approximately $85 million – and that is good news, because we will need every penny of that surplus to help thousands of families to heat their homes.”