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Connecticut Budget Crisis Could 'Devastate' Towns

Town leaders at a meeting this week said they're worried the deepening budget problems, which include a growing deficit that is expected to balloon to more than $1 billion next year, will mean cuts in town aid.

 

Town leaders are beginning to fret about Connecticut's growing budget problems, raising concerns that the growing deficit—now projected to balloon to more than $1 billion next year—could mean reductions in town aid that the state makes each year to Connecticut's 169 towns.

In a meeting Thursday of the Housatonic Valley Council of towns, municipal leaders learned that the measures being considered by Gov. Dannel P. Malloy to balance the budget could bring steep cuts in state municipal aid, according to the News Times of Danbury.

Most towns in Connecticut each get tens of millions in education and road funds from the state each year and town leaders for years have complained that cutbacks in that aid have already strained local budgets and have forced higher local property taxes. Any additional cuts would be devastating to local communities and could result in layoffs in local school systems, the News Times quoted local leaders as saying.

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy has already cut $170 million in spending in late November, which is the maximum allowed by a governor without legislative approval. 

Richard May December 09, 2012 at 11:49 AM
You are right Cort: "I don't know what it means to be in charge in the state legislature." Furthermore, I don't intend to run for public office. Don't feel that finger-pointing and laying the blame on "liberals," "greedy unions," "democrats," or "paper shuffling pinheads" is going to help us move forward. Seems to me that both major parties have let voters down at the State and National level. I certainly don't expect anything different in the future. Nevertheless, I am hopeful that new leaders with vision and tenacity will emerge at the local level to help rebuild our towns and communities. I certainly will support leaders looking to the future rather than rehashing the past.
Bart Shuldman December 11, 2012 at 05:24 PM
Malloy in just a year has the potential to destroy CT. He is running a huge budget deficit and is running out of cash. He will now probably need to borrow money to pay our bills. All this after raising taxes on almost everyone, including the middle class and instituting 200 new taxes. Malloy did all this while promising no layoffs for 4 years and granting the horrible use of overtime for pension calculations for 11 more years. It has been determined CT's pension liabilities now approach $60 BILLION if they use a realistic 4.5% discount rate. Now Malloy will look to cut money he gives to towns and cities. I predict he will cut money for town roads and education. The net result, your town or city will need to raise property taxes a lot to overcome the lack of funds. Malloy has boxed himself in, with all in CT impacted. He will be forced to cut quickly in order to overcome the huge deficit he has generated. After raising taxes, state revenues actually went down. And savings he promised never materialized. Now Medicare costs are rising, revenues declining, costs going up. Unemployment in CT reached 9%. This is not good. Malloy is destroying CT.
Richard May December 11, 2012 at 07:32 PM
That is the good thing about a Democracy. If the voters decide that Governor Malloy has done a bad job, then they will vote him out - as long as the alternative is perceived to be less bad. I am certainly not one to defend the Governor's performance, but there are a lot of other elected officials in Hartford who should also be held accountable. Let's all share in the blame of electing a dysfunctional government and move forward with realistic solutions to very difficult problems.
Maria Esquivel December 11, 2012 at 07:43 PM
Wait a minute! Did he not raised the tax from 6% to 6.3% to prevent all this? Or is it that he just wanted to make all believe that is for the good of all needy in CT and our poor children would suffer. This is just like the book: If you give a mouse a cookie, chances are....he will want some.... Democrats and liberals really need to understand that if you want money and services, you need to work, and work hard, not attack people with the money that they so much want.
Bart Shuldman December 12, 2012 at 03:04 AM
This Governor made the decision. It was his idea and he drive it thru, even after the unions turned him down he gave away more. No layoffs. He made a horrible decision to grant that without knowing the outcome of his huge tax increase and an economy teetering. He is responsible. Yes some in Hartford are also responsible. But Malloy made this happen.

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