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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.

Scott Wheeler December 09, 2012 at 03:55 AM
Get ready for tax increases from both directions, state and local. Malloy cannot ask for one cent from the state employees for 2 years so here comes the hammer to the middleclass. Entitlement costs are way up this year and will escalate next year. More state benefits are leaving the state due to people looking for a better retirement. Boat industry is half of what it was 20 years ago. CT is broke.
wyatt December 09, 2012 at 01:45 PM
There must be something in the water in CT. The sheeple gleefully elected another tax and spend Democrat - Malloy - and somehow expect the states budget and economic problems to somehow get better. People: you get exactly the government you deserve.
Anita white December 09, 2012 at 11:18 PM
Gov. Molloy, sneaked in as an democratic but reveals him self as a republican. I wittnessed this, he attended our African American church told us one thing and lied wright on the pull pit. Our leader has failed us. Yes and we have to pay. Who can sleep Like this.

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