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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.

PJ December 13, 2012 at 01:56 AM
I'm confused and maybe all you tax and spend democrat voting people can help me out here....our beloved governor tells how how the economy is doing so much better...that obama is doing such a terrific job and how our state is in great shape and things have turned around and unemployment is down here in CT...so, why even after the largest tax increase ever are we still dealing with a deficit...why is CT rank 50th for job growth, 50th for retirees, and our governor ranked as one of the worst in the country? Oh, and while your at it, please tell me why such an incompetent would even be elected governor in the first place!

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