Connecticut's Budget Process

Throwing money at a problem has a bad rap - it's like firefighters throwing water on a fire.

-- Congressman Barney Frank

Connecticut's budget process can seem intimidating, but it needn't be. The budget drives most of Connecticut's state policies, especially in health care. Advocates are well advised to pay attention and learn the basics.

We've designed this page as a series of answers to Frequently Asked Questions. Beginning advocates should read it through from the beginning. More experienced advocates can skip ahead to specific answers by clicking on the question.

Many thanks to Alan Calandro for his generous assistance in updating this page.

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