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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. Daniel 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 the 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.

COSMO P December 13, 2012 at 01:02 AM
The governor wont raise taxes as he promised. But our local taxes will go up quite substantially. So be it as it may the Democrats will have their hands in your wallet. Nothing has changed.
sebastian dangerfield December 13, 2012 at 06:09 AM
They've got the social issues down. But their approach to fiscal issues is abysmal. So in the end, we can have broke gay married couples. We can have broke women getting abortions. And we can have immigrants 'self deport' as Romney said, because Mexico will be less broke than this country.
COSMO P December 13, 2012 at 10:29 AM
Very sad that the Democrats actually have this figured out. And the voting public on the receiving end of this spectrum are greater in numbers. The democrats are spending beyond anyone's imagination on these programs. But their is an end in sight. Socialism is great as long as other peoples money holds out. The money well is getting very close to the empty mark.
Linda Lavelle December 13, 2012 at 08:43 PM
The $4.7 million cut to towns doesn't even come close to making a dent in the state budget deficit, which is $416 million and growing by the minute. And that doesn't include $1.2 billion in unfunded liabilities for all the nice pension and medical perks for state employees. We are in a very deep hole. Thank you, Democrats and your union buddies. We are nearly the worst state in the union in which to do business due to taxes, surcharges, regulations, and persecution by state authorities (see Blumenthal's history in this state). Maybe the powers that be should try lower taxes, right-to-work laws, and a free market. (I know, GOD FORBID.)
sebastian dangerfield December 13, 2012 at 09:33 PM
Linda. Sorry, but you are way wrong. Unfunded pension liability is north of 60 billion.

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