Kevin D. Witkos

House Speaker: Lawmakers Can Avoid Cutting Municipal Aid

House Speaker: Lawmakers Can Avoid Cutting Municipal Aid

Based on improved budget projections, the House speaker said Wednesday that lawmakers can avoid withholding $19 million in municipal aid and $2 million to hospitals in June.

"The majority leader [Rep. Matt Ritter] and I do have a little bit of good news specifically for the towns and the hospitals," Rep. Joe Aresimowicz, D-Berlin, announced at a presession briefing. "It looks like we'll be able to keep them whole."

The decision to withhold the municipal aid was roundly criticized by municipal officials, who were counting on the money to help balance their city and town budgets. The cuts were part of a proposal by Gov. Dannel P. Malloy that aimed at...

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