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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. Dannel 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 that 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.

Spiff December 11, 2012 at 08:49 PM
Well, Rob, I certainly hope everyone else feels the same as you!
Michael December 11, 2012 at 10:18 PM
This is what we all get because he backed the unions. When are the people in this state going to wake up. The democrats want to enslave everyone.
janet December 12, 2012 at 09:42 AM
I believe Tom Foley won the election until the next day the Dems came up with the BS from Bridgeport that not enough ballots were given to the city (Susan Bicewicz was incharge). They photo copied the ballots, most likely the ones with Dano's vote!! Can you imagine the uproar if this was a Republican. We reap what we sow but I voted Republican all the way. We need to elimate the state income tax and make CT more like Texas or NC
GregoryRobertSamuels December 26, 2012 at 08:21 PM
More like Texas? You've got to be kidding...lowest educated state in the union who think succession is a good idea. You probably think Romney won too, huh?
Spiff December 28, 2012 at 04:50 PM
Coming from the guy (GregoryRobertSamuels) who thinks government created jobs actually contribute to economic growth! Not surprisingly, Greg, the recent economic downturn barely even touched Texas, especially places like the Houston metropolitan area. Sorry buddy, but Dem policies, most notably higher taxes that result in fewer take-home dollars for middle class citizens to pay their bills, hurt economic growth! But if you paid attention, then you'd know this. BTW, it is secession, not succession!

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