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Municipal Officials Question Malloy Budget Cuts

The leaders of the Connecticut Conference of Municipalities suggest the governor has overstepped his budget authority.

 

Municipal leaders are questioning whether Gov. Dannel P. Malloy had the authority to cut state aid to some municipal programs as part of his plan to head off a nearly $1 billion budget deficit. 

James Finley, the executive director of the Connecticut Conference of Municipalities, sent a letter to Malloy’s budget director this week questioning the $4.7 million cut Malloy made in state aid to towns, much of it to schools.

In an interview with the Connecticut Mirror, Finley said the cuts Malloy ordered appear to overstep his budget authority.

Finley told the Mirror that the cuts might violate a legislative measure limiting the governor from cutting municipal aid once that aid is given. However, Malloy’s budget chief, Benjamin Barnes, told the website that the cuts were proper and do not violate such a rule.

The $4.7 million in local funding was part of a larger $123 million “budget mitigation plan” put forth by Malloy’s budget officials that is aimed at reducing what looks to be a more than $1 billion state budget deficit for 2013. The legislature has scheduled a special session this month to try and close the budget gap.

Paul Alexander December 13, 2012 at 12:30 PM
Cutting state funding for schools...local tax money sent to Hartford specifically for school funding...is the Good Guv's way of shifting political and tax liability back down to the municipal level. The local tax dollars sent to Hartford for school funding are still there, but the money has been robbed to support other state programs the Good Guv deems to be a higher priority. Thanks bro! Now the local municipalities will be expected to raise property taxes to coverr those state funding cuts and the local politicans will take the political heat instead of the coward in Hartford.
Thomas Crafts December 13, 2012 at 12:38 PM
Raise taxes, OR CUT WASTEFULL EXCESSES. The only reason government ever cuts anything is because it is forced to.
Paul Alexander December 13, 2012 at 01:37 PM
...and if Malloy is reelected, which is quite possible given the state's wacky voting tendencies, then he will be emboldened to continue this strategy of raising state taxes while simultaneously shifting more and more of local funding to the property tax rolls.
Veritas vos liberabit December 13, 2012 at 02:00 PM
is CT's voting tendencies more wacky than FL's? For someone not even on the ballot, it was a tough election for Florida Republican Governor Rick Scott. President Barack Obama is poised to become the first Democrat in 68 years to twice win the state, which still hasn’t finished counting votes. Scott’s party lost seats in both the state House and Senate. Voters also rejected Scott’s $20 million tax cut for small businesses and a constitutional amendment that would have made it tougher to implement Obama’s health-care overhaul. Those defeats, coupled with a 38 percent approval rating, put Scott among the country’s most vulnerable incumbents heading into the next two years when 36 governor seats are up for election, including 22 held by Republicans.
Paul Alexander December 13, 2012 at 02:30 PM
McMurphy/Sully/Jim Sullivan/Irv Weinstein...do I need to change your Call Sign again to "Stalker"

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