“Veto” rally draws hundreds to Capitol

September 21, 2017

HARTFORD — About 200 people gathered outside the Capitol Thursday to support Gov. Dannel P. Malloy’s promised veto of the Republican budget that passed last week with a handful of Republican votes.

Organized by state unions, the noontime rally criticized Republicans for slashing higher education and social service programs.

“GOP Budget attacks workers,” said several signs held by crowd members. Others included “Tax the rich - not - teachers!” and “Veto anti-family budget.”

Cindy Wolfe Boynton, a professor at Housatonic Community College in Bridgeport and president of the state chapter of the National Organization for Women, said that the GOP spending plan would be unfair to both students and women.

“I worry for our students,” she said. “I’m worried for our state. And frankly I am just stunned by the type of cuts made in this budget. Included in this budget is not just the elimination of $22 million in need-based grants, but the complete elimination of funding that supplies other support and services for students who desperately need help learning basic math and English skills. Without help, these students will not have a chance of being successful. ”