CCM response to revised two-year proposed state budget from House Democratic leaders
Statement from CCM Executive Director Joe DeLong:
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The revised two-year state budget put forth today by the House Democrats is a tremendous step forward in the development of a biennial budget that will promote economic growth and development in Connecticut towns and cities. Many of the key state legislative initiatives that have been pursued this year by CCM and it’s 166-member towns and cities are included conceptually in the proposal. While important details must be worked out, this budget presents a framework for a productive dialogue in the days ahead.
From level funding of municipal aid and line-item veto authority over non-curriculum education expenditures, to a new additional revenue option for towns from a portion of the sales tax and changes in collective bargaining, these budget proposals would both protect municipal funding from the State and provide real avenues to cost containment for local governments.
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CCM is grateful this proposal does not include the massive cost-shifting that would result from towns having to contribute to the teacher’s retirement fund.
Finally, and of significant importance this proposal was developed with CCM at the table. Municipal leaders have long contended that we are partners in governing with the state. In crafting these budget concepts, House Democrat Leaders brought CCM to the table and discussed in detail the bipartisan proposals set forth by our membership. It is through this spirit of collaboration that property taxes will be stabilized and our communities will have the tools necessary to promote economic growth and prosperity for future generations.