Herbst: ‘Unacceptable’ for house speaker to put golf ahead of budget

Trumbull First Selectman Tim Herbst, a GOP candidate for governor in 2018, slammed Speaker of the House Joe Aresimowicz (D-Berlin) last week after Aresimowicz skipped a budget meeting to attend a golf tournament.

"Connecticut is facing yet another fiscal created by the feckless leadership of insiders in Hartford and the speaker cannot even be bothered to show up to work," Herbst said.  "Connecticut taxpayers, towns and businesses are racked with uncertainty about the state's plans to close a crushing budget deficit. It's shameful and unacceptable for the speaker to be skipping budget meetings for golf outings in such uncertain times."

Herbst called Aresimowicz the model of a Hartford insider.

"So deep is the speaker's commitment to maintaining the status quo, he even personally came to an Appropriations Committee meeting to defend the fact legislators in Hartford can count their mileage reimbursement toward their pension calculation," Herbst said. "It's little wonder the speaker was bothered by my efforts to shine light on this outrageous perk, since he was among the worst 15 abusers of this get-paid-to-show-up scheme in 2015.

If elected governor, Herbst has pledged to:

  • Refuse a state pension as governor

  • Move all state agency heads, political appointees and their staff to a defined contribution plan and off the state pension system

  • Demand an end to state pensions for Connecticut's part-time citizen legislature

  • Refuse all campaign donations from Hartford lobbyists.