Paul R Doyle

Bronin Brings Hartford Message to Skeptical Suburbs As Nervous Legislature Awaits Malloy Budget

Bronin Brings Hartford Message to Skeptical Suburbs As Nervous Legislature Awaits Malloy Budget

On a tour of the suburbs that has stretched south, west and north of his home base, Hartford Mayor Luke Bronin has tried to convince his neighbors that Connecticut's struggling capital city is worth fighting for.

But midway through his regional sales pitch, Bronin has found a skeptical, if curious, audience. And with a clear message that towns don't want to foot the bill to put Hartford on sound economic footing, the suburbs' doubt could pose a challenge as Bronin mounts a battle for state funding.

Lawmakers from Hartford's border towns say they care about their urban core, but would find it difficult to back an urban assistance package if municipal aid is slashed under the...

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