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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. 

Bart Shuldman December 11, 2012 at 05:20 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 topaz 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 is 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.
Charley December 11, 2012 at 05:57 PM
None of this surprises me but then again I'm no longer fazed when I speak to people who know nothing about the impending national fiscal cliff. There are consequences with voting or not voting. Malloy is destroying CT and it's all going to get a lot worse long before it even starts to get better, if it gets better. Southern Fairfield County has only so much money before it runs out or moves out.
sebastian dangerfield December 11, 2012 at 08:41 PM
yes....but he supports gay marriage....so? how about some of you guys actually figure out what is important!! Womens equal pay (which they have had for 40 years) and gay marriage are the issues that are important. Running out of money-? Refer back to first part of paragraph.
Ali Abdulah December 11, 2012 at 10:10 PM
For more deep thought from the Limbaugh Institute For Advanced Conservative Studies, read on brothers ! http://www.rushlimbaugh.com/daily/2012/12/11/the_truth_about_income_inequality
sebastian dangerfield December 12, 2012 at 12:36 AM
Yep--nothing wrong with this analysis. What do you think is incorrect? Do you honestly think that income inequality is best served by taking away money from top earners and handing it to those who make less? Sure inequity exists. Obama, for example, should not be President. There is always the idiot boss who makes too much --and there is always the guy near the bottom who deserves way more --But what happens when the guy at the bottom, moves to the top? What should he earn. On day 1 we were told he made too little, on day 10 he makes too much. Same guy. This nonsensical --everyone who makes a lot of money, achieved it by some great crime or injustice is simple crap. Life isnt fair. But , by and large, those who make money deserve it, and those who dont make money, dont deserve to. Thats a conservative's point of view, I am aware. But, its not too often where the logic breaks down. (except for maybe paris hilton and the kardashians--there I am baffled.)
sebastian dangerfield December 12, 2012 at 12:57 AM
mortgage refinance help from taxpayers. For those poor victims that bought a big house on a small salary and didnt understand that they couldnt afford it--and now its the bank's fault, and taxpayers obligation. This is they type of nonsense that the left tells us. And then when the 'right' leaps to conclusions about the type of people the left supports---they try to make the right seem insensitive. The truth is--not everyone deserves the same house as their boss. And their boss got to be the boss, most often because he put the work in. At some point you have to acknowledge you think the poor guy is dumb. If he is smart-then why do we have to listen to how we need to support his irresponsible home purchase?
Ali Abdulah December 12, 2012 at 02:02 AM
" Obama, for example, should not be President." Right on Bro, the votes of poor people and sick people and black people and brown people and female people and gay people should not be allowed.
sebastian dangerfield December 13, 2012 at 06:46 AM
no el rushbo-- i mean that if he is successful, then i dont like him. Thats the way you think, right buddy? So, the president makes too much money, and doesnt deserve to be president. I dont have to look at his resume, or his accomplishments or anything. All people who are successful, do not deserve it. Im just adopting your way of thinking, pal. You agree with me, correct?

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