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Malloy Seeks Authority to Make Emergency Cuts to Local Aid

By Keith M. Phaneuf

www.ctmirror.org

A week after winning accolades from municipal officials for proposing a budget that largely maintains state aid to cities and towns, Gov. Dannel P. Malloy is under fire for seeking authority to reduce that assistance unilaterally if the state’s financial problems worsen.

Allowing the governor to reduce aid mid-year “is non-negotiable for us,” James Finley, executive director of the Connecticut Conference of Cities and Towns, said Wednesday, responding to new budget legislation drafted by Malloy’s office. “We’re going to fight this.”

Malloy, who was CCM president while mayor of Stamford, inherited a built-in shortfall ranging from $3.2 billion to $3.67 billion for the fiscal year that begins July 1. To help close a gap equal to nearly one-fifth of current spending, the governor proposed several unpopular steps, including:

—More than $1.5 billion in new annual state taxes including increases in levies on income, sales, gasoline, cigarettes, liquor. insurance companies and electricity generation.

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