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. 

KEVIN DILLON December 08, 2012 at 07:17 AM
Malloy once again proves you cannot tax your way to prosperity. Try emulating states that work like North Dakota, Iowa, Utah, Nebraska, Wyoming. The top 5 best run states in the country. Common denominators? Republican Governor, Senate and House.
mark December 08, 2012 at 03:31 PM
Kevin Should the president turn his back on new jersey because the govenor is Rebublican or should he give him the money he needs to rebuild after hurricane sandy. you can't have it both ways. wake up its just not about works for your party.
DM December 08, 2012 at 03:47 PM
How much will ct get out of the proposed 60 Billion$$ Will we get at least a Billion?? Put in the general fund to eliminate the deficit. Crazy i know....
Perry December 08, 2012 at 07:28 PM
LET'S RAISE TAXES SO MORE PEOPLE LEAVE..LOL What a mess! We elect these people to solve problems, not create them. Where is McKinney in all this? He has to take some blame as well as all the Dems. What is he doing? Nice guy who does nothing for us. He has to go along with all the Dems. Shame on the Dems for not running anyone against him.


More »
Got a question? Something on your mind? Talk to your community, directly.
Note Article
Just a short thought to get the word out quickly about anything in your neighborhood.
Share something with your neighbors.What's on your mind?What's on your mind?Make an announcement, speak your mind, or sell somethingPost something
See more »