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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 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 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.

Laura J December 12, 2012 at 05:07 PM
Maybe the State should live within their means instead of spending their time trying to payback public union thugs and grossly overpaid teachers unions.
MeAgain December 13, 2012 at 12:49 AM
No, not every state except North Dakota is having budget problems. Get your facts straight. Every Democrat run state is having problems. The rest of teh states want to leave the union. Can you blame them?
jim morgan December 13, 2012 at 03:18 PM
Crap goes downhill when we allow the budgets to include short-termed thinkers to manipulate us.
jim morgan December 13, 2012 at 03:19 PM
t tEACHERS ARE A DIME A DOZEN
jim morgan December 13, 2012 at 07:18 PM
ok, GREEDY PROFESSIONS need to be accountable including those outside ct

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