Constitutional Budget Amendments

Connecticut's constitutional spending cap has been an ongoing topic of debate among policy makers as they work to craft Connecticut's state budget. Additionally, renewed focus on investment in Connecticut's transportation infrastructure has raised the possibility of a new constitutional amendment to secure dedicated transportation funding.

The information below provides context to the conversations currently under way at our State Capitol.

Connecticut Spending Cap Commission Public Hearing

Click here to review the MetroHartford Alliance Statement on Proposed Spending Cap Definitions
estimony presented by Oz Griebel, Former President & CEO of the MetroHartford Alliance at the October 5th public hearing of the Connecticut Spending Cap Commission. 

General Overview

Click here for a recent 'Pulse of the Region' radio show on the 2016 Legislative Session and the constitutional budget amendments.

Click here for a CT-N video in which Connecticut constitutional expert Wesley Horton, Partner, Horton, Shields & Knox, P.C., explains the constitutional lockbox and how constitutional amendments work in our State. Attorney Horton's discussion appears from 35:50 - 41:15.

Click here for a CT-N video of our entire February 9, 2016 program on the state constitutional budget amendments.

"State Tax and Expenditure Limits - 2012." National Conference of State Legislatures. This document gives an overview and analysis of tax and expenditure limitations (TELs).

Constitutional Spending Cap

Constitutional Spending Cap Amendment - Discussion Draft (February 1, 2016)

State of Connecticut Office of Policy and Management Response to May 9, 2016 Spending Cap Commission Meeting (May 25, 2016)

A Letter to the Connecticut General Assembly Spending Cap Commission (May 23, 2016)

"Calculating the Expenditure Cap," presentation by Spencer Cain, Cain Associates LLC; Chris Wetzel, Office of Fiscal Analysis, Connecticut General Assembly; and Tom Fiore, Office of Policy and Management, State of Connecticut (PDF) (May 9, 2016)

MetroHartford Alliance Statement on Proposed H.B. No. 5086 - An Act Concerning the Constitutional Spending Cap. Presented at a Public Hearing of the Connecticut General Assembly Appropriations Committee (PDF) (March 4, 2016)

Statement by Oz Griebel on behalf of the MetroHartford Alliance at the Appropriations Committee Public Hearing (video) (March 4, 2016)

Testimony of Daniel J. Klau, Esq. on Proposed H.B. No. 5086 - An Act Concerning the Constitutional Spending Cap (March 4, 2016)

Discussions of Connecticut's constitutional spending cap from attorney Daniel Klau's legal blog, Appealingly Brief.

Attorney General Jepsen's Opinion on the Constitutional and Statutory Spending Caps (November 17, 2015)

"Connecticut's Spending Cap: A Legal Overview." Peter Bowman, J.D., Yankee Institute for Public Policy, April 24, 2015.

Mark D. Nielsen et al. v. State of Connecticut et al., 236 Conn. 1 (Decided February 6, 1996) Taxpayers sought to compel the General Assembly to enact statutory definitions necessary to implement the constitutional spending cap. The Supreme Court of Connecticut dismissed the action.

Attorney General Blumenthal's Opinion on the Balanced Budget Amendment and the Constitutional and Statutory Spending Caps (April 14, 1993)

Transportation Funding Lockbox

Statement of Robert C. Pitcher, Vice President, State Laws, American Trucking Associations before the Transportation Committee (February 29, 2016)

MetroHartford Alliance Statement in Support of Governor’s House Joint Resolution No. 1 (February 29, 2016)

House Joint Resolution (H.J.) No. 1, Session Year 2016: Resolution Proposing a State Constitutional Amendment to Protect the Resources of the Special Transportation Fund. (Introduced February 4, 2016)

"Transportation Lockbox Bill Needs Teeth." Op ed by Daniel Klau, Hartford Courant, February 4, 2016.

Transportation Funding Lockbox Amendment - Discussion Draft (February 1, 2016)

"No Raising CT Gas Tax Without A Lockbox." Hartford Courant editorial, January 26, 2016.