CCM: MALLOY PROPOSAL TO GET EXTRA CUTTING AUTHORITY “DEAD ON ARRIVAL”

The head of the statewide association of cities and towns says a proposal to give Gov. Malloy more authority to cut municipal aid after the state budget is passed is “dead on arrival” and will never pass.

Tucked into a bill that would implement the state budget is a proposal to allow the governor, if he so chooses, to cut aid to cities and towns by 10 percent after the budget becomes law. The governor has always had the so-called “recision authority” but it has always been 5 percent and municipal aid has been exempt.

“We think the exemption is appropriate and don’t think the state should pass financial troubles down to the municipal level once the budget is law and cities and towns are counting on the money,” says Connecticut Conference of Municipalities (CCM) President Jim Finley.

Finley, the highly respected leader of CCM, says from his conversations with legislative leaders, he thinks the proposal has no chance of passing.

In contrast to the objections to this particular provision, mayors and first selectmen in the state have been generally pleased with Malloy’s budget, particularly his pledge to not cut education funding.