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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.

Brett Vondeck December 12, 2012 at 05:01 PM
As bad as this sounds. The state needs to layoff some state workers and make the rest of state workers pay for some of their benefits. When Malloy took office he promised that the state budget would not have a deficit if we raised taxes and the state workers made some concessions. Well taxes were raised but no deal for the concessions. Now we have to cut education aid to towns?
OzarkGranny December 23, 2012 at 08:43 AM
Mr. Vondeck, as a state employee I agreed to a pay freeze for two years among other concessions.
Rick McDonald December 23, 2012 at 01:11 PM
Sorry Granny but your concessions were minimal compared to what private sector employee's in this state have had to do to stay employed. Malloy Extended the current contract 5 years, gave you no layoffs for four years and promised no unpaid furloughs. Tell me how much do you now contribute to your pension and health care and what will you have to contribute in the future? And lets's not forget that all your overtime counts toward base pay for pension computation. That part is just plain outrageous.
OzarkGranny December 24, 2012 at 02:23 PM
Mr. McDonald I doubt any amount of concessions will impress you so I won't go there. But I will answer your questions directly. I pay 7.5% of my salary towards my pension, I pay 3% of my salary towards my retirement health care, I pay approximately 10% of my salary for my current health care. As a manager, I don't get overtime, despite a typical 50 hour week. I'm not complaining, I know I have it good and I wish all other workers could have similar benefits. We need a new social contract, one that values shareholders and workers equally. One that recognizes that one does not exist without the other. Pfizer, the third largest company in the world announced record profits up 24% from a year ago. This would be the same Pfizer that laid off 1,100 workers in Groton, CT last year. There was a time that layoffs were a last ditch effort to avoid financial ruin. Now it’s just a strategy to maximize short time profits.
Rick McDonald December 24, 2012 at 05:52 PM
Well you are wrong but the latest concessions do not impress me at all.

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