Beth Bye

Local Leaders Say Towns Can't Survive Proposed Cuts

Local Leaders Say Towns Can't Survive Proposed Cuts

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy's recent state budget proposal has local leaders on edge, fearing that the suggested redirection of funding to cities will crush residents of mid-size and small towns.

Malloy's plan relies heavily on a number of substantial changes, including shifting a third of teacher pension obligations from the state to towns and convincing state union employees to take $700 million in concessions. The governor said his proposals are necessary to close a $1.7 billion budget deficit.

A few cities under Malloy's plan would receive sizable increases in state aid, but leaders of the more than 130 towns looking at sharp funding cuts say...

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