Matthew D. Ritter

Hartford Leaders Express Cautious Optimism For Malloy's Budget

Hartford Leaders Express Cautious Optimism For Malloy's Budget

For months, Mayor Luke Bronin has expounded on the need to support Connecticut's ailing cities, calling them the "heart" of their regions and saying the suburbs' fate is tethered to their successes.

On Wednesday, Bronin got some of the validation he was seeking. Gov. Dannel P. Malloy, in unveiling a spending plan that asks for sweeping changes to the state's school financing formula — shifting funds from wealthier districts to poorer ones — acknowledged the need to back struggling urban centers. Malloy's plan also gives cities the ability to tax hospital-owned real estate, a move that would bring in needed revenue.

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