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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.

Catherine & Dennis December 09, 2012 at 06:48 PM
Malloy has continued to give away 100's of millions of dollars to large companies to 'create jobs" while the good jobs have steadly left the state. A federal investigation should be made of this.He also heads the bond commission that borrows the money he chooses to distribute.
Catherine & Dennis December 09, 2012 at 10:43 PM
Just a reminder Windsor's Town Council raised taxes this year by over 2 million dollars & gave Dollar Tree Distribution over 3 million dollars in tax abatements & reduced fees. Shortly thereafter Dollar Tree Inc. gave their CEO a 10 million dollar retention bonus in addition to his multi million dollar salary & bonus. Also the state of Connecticut (Malloy)promised a package of benefits potentially worth almost 30 million dollars to Dollar Tree Inc. Things need to change. Dennis
John David December 14, 2012 at 06:39 PM
It is time to recall Malloy. He is reckless with the taxpayers money and gives it away for a few jobs like Jackson Labs that don't possibly help the residents. He must not be allowed to complete his term or he will bankrupt this State.

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