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Connecticut Budget Crisis Could 'Devastate' Towns

Town leaders at a meeting this week said they're worried the deepening budget problems, which include a growing deficit that is expected to balloon to more than $1 billion next year, will mean cuts in town aid.

Town leaders are beginning to fret about Connecticut's growing budget problems, raising concerns that the growing deficit — now projected to balloon to more than $1 billion next year — could mean reductions in town aid that the state makes each year to Connecticut's 169 towns.

In a meeting Thursday of the Housatonic Valley Council of towns, municipal leaders learned that the measures being considered by Gov. Dannel P. Malloy to balance the budget could bring steep cuts in state municipal aid, according to the News Times of Danbury.

Most towns in Connecticut get tens of millions in education and road funds from the state each year, and town leaders for years have complained that cutbacks in that aid have already strained local budgets and forced higher local property taxes. Any additional cuts would be devastating to local communities and could result in layoffs in local school systems, the News Times quoted local leaders as saying.

Happy Percy December 07, 2012 at 09:09 PM
Maybe you were with this guy from Granby too....
Happy Percy December 07, 2012 at 09:09 PM
http://www.courant.com/community/suffield/hc-bourque-marijuana-charge-0510-2-20110509,0,360712.story
Paul Bahre December 08, 2012 at 03:26 PM
Well fellow citizens of the Peoples Republik of CT. You vote a retarded Govonor and a Democratic super majority and you all freak out when they finally hoist the hammer and sickle over the state capital? I guess I know where Granby's 3 million surplus is going to go. It's going to pay for all the stuff the state was supposed to pay for. I think maybe here in Granby the town ought to expel all the Hartford students because the State will no longer honor it's obligations. Well people you get the government you voted for. So next time there is an elections quit crying in your beer and show up at the pols and vote out all the idiots you guys put in office.
Adam December 08, 2012 at 05:13 PM
Anything that might diminish the lavish compensation and benefitt and retirement program for our State's educators must be opposed! The rich must more of their fair share. It's for the children!
Happy Percy December 09, 2012 at 06:37 AM
Not only that but when you have Contractor's making millions of dollars($$1,000,000+), and NOT paying the correct taxes, it is just the beginning of the end. All major Contracts should be completed Audited by the IRS!
Paul Lambert December 09, 2012 at 08:59 PM
I honestly see no other way out of this mess than for the credit rating agencies to degrade our credit rating. Once people wake up and see that the citizens of this state don't have the vision to look past their own pocket books and special interests hopefully they'll stop lending us money or fleece us like we deserve. Notice to all you lenders out there - better raise the interest rate and get your cash while you can. We may just up one day and decide not to pay you back!
toni from w hart December 10, 2012 at 12:33 AM
i don't want to hear ANY complaints! THIS IS WHAT YOU VOTED FOR WHEN PULLED THE LEVER FOR A DEM. enjoy
Happy Percy December 10, 2012 at 02:49 AM
i think ALL workers should walk off the Job one day in January just to show the disgust of both the Government and Corporate Amrica!
Jean D. December 10, 2012 at 02:59 PM
You can tax the rich but you can't make them stay. Buh bye CT. The middle and lower class is all that is left of this state. On the way of Detroit. Sad.
Joe Thomas December 10, 2012 at 07:08 PM
Why didn't voters in Connecticut wake up before this past election and see where Connecticut was headed? They had the opportunity to kick out the democratic problem causers in the state legislature [never mind in the US Senate and House of representatives] -- all of which have been in office for so long that they think they are entitled to re-election [with their puppeteer labor unions help, of course]. No changes will occur until a "right-to work" law is passed; the mini "Davis-Bacon Act" [that through its "prevailing wage" rules is used to keep unions happy and raise the cost of government projects in the state about ten percent for nothing] is repealed; term limits are imposed; and stronger rules enacted to prevent improper voting and voter fraud. Don't just write on blogs. Write letters to the editor; regularly write and call your elected officals to tell them that you are unhappy as to what is taking place in Connecticut; explain your views to your friends, relatives and neighbors to attract voters to your beliefs. Tell them to look into the eyes of their children and grandchildren and then ask themselves is what is happening in our government now the legacy [and debt] we want to leave to them for the future?
cbl December 10, 2012 at 10:19 PM
Hehe..Must have been a long time since YOU voted last..since we NO LONGER use "levers" to vote with...........
Weather Forecaster December 11, 2012 at 03:18 AM
Connecticut Budget Crisis Could 'Devastate' Towns Sound like we Elected a STORM for Governor HURRICANE MALLOY
Powel6 December 11, 2012 at 02:47 PM
I'm just hoping Malloy or someone in his circle reads these comments. It really is just common sense. Don't spend more money than you have. Even when it hurts. Even when it is painful. Even if your "children" get mad. A leader is supposed to prevent ruin, not be the architect of it.
Bart Shuldman December 11, 2012 at 05:23 PM
Malloy in just a year has the potential to destroy CT. He is running a huge budget deficit and is running out of cash. He will now probably need to borrow money to pay our bills. All this after raising taxes on almost everyone, including the middle class and instituting 200 new taxes. Malloy did all this while promising no layoffs for 4 years and granting the horrible use of overtime for pension calculations for 11 more years. It has been determined CT's pension liabilities now approach $60 BILLION if they use a realistic 4.5% discount rate. Now Malloy will look to cut money he gives to towns and cities. I predict he will cut money for town roads and education. The net result, your town or city will need to raise property taxes a lot to overcome the lack of funds. Malloy has boxed himself in, with all in CT impacted. He will be forced to cut quickly in order to overcome the huge deficit he has generated. After raising taxes, state revenues actually went down. And savings he promised never materialized. Now Medicare costs are rising, revenues declining, costs going up. Unemployment in CT reached 9%. This is not good. Malloy is destroying CT.
Pitgnarf December 11, 2012 at 06:03 PM
Government and it's spending is a drag on progress and growth. Frankly seeing a few hundred thousand low grade, dumbed down teachers get dumped from the state tit is a benefit to the taxpayer and a boon to students. Never has more money been spent for poorer and poorer results as has been spent in the black hole of "education". Nothing more ridiculous than paying more and more for exponentially less and less. Which in reality is CT government in a nutshell.....paying more and more for less and less.
Rick December 11, 2012 at 11:41 PM
You HAVE to live in Greenwich. Or Stamford? By the way where is Danny from?
Rick December 11, 2012 at 11:44 PM
Merry Christmas all. We could all live in Syria.. THINK.
rgearity December 12, 2012 at 01:12 AM
The "Rich" - defined as the 1% - pay 40% of all of the taxes collected by the Federal government whereas almost 50% of Americans pay NO tax at all. What exactly is your definition of "fair" ????
Edward Ayres December 12, 2012 at 01:28 AM
Well, we'll see how much you enjoy living within your means when your property taxes increase, or rent if you're a renter, education budgets are slashed, money for all those nice little town events the community enjoys is gone, social services provided to your town's elderly disappear, and you have get car repairs from pot holes. While you're at Sears Auto getting your front-end fixed remind yourself that at the bottom of it all, that $700 bill you're putting on your Visa card, is just an exercise in good governance.
Edward Ayres December 12, 2012 at 01:30 AM
Man, you are really nuts.
Edward Ayres December 12, 2012 at 01:30 AM
Using the word "retarded." Stay classy.
Edward Ayres December 12, 2012 at 01:34 AM
Every state with the exception of North Dakota, because of new shale oil production, is having budget problems because of the national economy. Spending cuts will have to be made then you will complain about those, and look to see who in state government might be earning more than you, and say it's their fault. Try reading before posting angry comments, you'll come off looking a lot better.
Bart Shuldman December 12, 2012 at 02:59 AM
The decision to raise taxes on just about everyone while guaranteeing no layoffs was wrong. Revenues are down and we should be looking at how to save money or cut spending. But we are stuck with the guarantee.
olderbutwiser December 12, 2012 at 02:34 PM
I am fortunate enough to have daughters who play sports so i get around to other towns from my own as a fly on the wall and have coached some so get to know people. Over the past 6 years the only people i see who are doing well are employed by govt or public education(some with 2 public paychecks). I have also seen people who had good jobs at UTC or Insurance compaies in It disappear from the face of the EArth..noone seems to know what happened to them. I am hanging on but it really ticks me off as i almost know by looking at someone(their demeanor, car, etc) whether they have it made or are at the end of thier rope.
VC December 12, 2012 at 02:38 PM
The unemployement rate in the public sector, including governement and educations is 3%, that just says it all.
Laura J December 12, 2012 at 05:07 PM
Maybe the State should live within their means instead of spending their time trying to payback public union thugs and grossly overpaid teachers unions.
MeAgain December 13, 2012 at 12:49 AM
No, not every state except North Dakota is having budget problems. Get your facts straight. Every Democrat run state is having problems. The rest of teh states want to leave the union. Can you blame them?
jim morgan December 13, 2012 at 03:18 PM
Crap goes downhill when we allow the budgets to include short-termed thinkers to manipulate us.
jim morgan December 13, 2012 at 03:19 PM
t tEACHERS ARE A DIME A DOZEN
jim morgan December 13, 2012 at 07:18 PM
ok, GREEDY PROFESSIONS need to be accountable including those outside ct

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