As promised Gov. M. Jodi Rell vetoed the revenue estimates passed by the General Assembly in special session last week.
In her veto message Rell said “Emergency Certified Bill 7002 is yet another example of the legislature’s inability to control spending.”
The bill would have increased fees an additional $60 million over the next two years.
“If we’re going to add more spending to the budget we have to find the revenue to do it,” Speaker of the House Chris Donovan said Friday. “Now she wants us to add dollars back…and she wants us then not to have the funding to do it.”
The Democratic majority said the reason it needed to increase fees was to avoid fare hikes for rail and bus commuters. In her veto message Rell said she agreed with their rationale, but “rather than find another fee or tax to increase, we should take the responsible action – find something to cut.”
Donovan promised to cut all the things Rell wanted to add back to the budget, since he believes she violated some sort of informal agreement the two sides had when the original $37.6 billion state budget was being crafted.
Instead of increasing Department of Motor Vehicle fees Rell said she has asked the DMV to find an alternative way to avoid fee increases.
It’s unclear if the General Assembly will attempt to revise the revenue estimates when it convenes another special session later this week.