CCM Applauds House & Senate Democrats for Budget; Republicans for Mandates Relief Package

CCM Applauds House & Senate Democrats for Budget; Republicans for Mandates Relief Package

Thursday, April 28, 2016

Kevin Maloney (203) 710-3486

Joe DeLong (203) 747-0268

 

The Connecticut Conference of Municipalities (CCM) today (April 28, 2016) said that it applauds House and Senate Democrats for their budget proposal in that it doesn't balance the state budget on the backs of property taxpayers.

Importantly, the proposal maintains the State's landmark initiative to provide municipalities with revenue from the sales tax for property tax relief.

CCM also noted and praised the mandates relief package presented earlier this week by Republican House and Senate Leaders that would assist towns in achieving cost savings in local government operations next fiscal year and afterwards. Property taxpayers would benefit by elements of both proposals.

Both proposals make Connecticut's children winners by their refusal to make severe cuts in public education funding.

The Democrats’ state budget proposal, as it impacts Connecticut local governments, would entail a $19 million reduction in the Education Cost Sharing (ECS) Grants and an $8 million cut in the State’s new Municipal Revenue Sharing Account (MRSA) for towns and cities. The proposal protects property taxpayers by imposing fewer cuts in state aid compared to other budget proposals presented in April – during a time of tremendous fiscal duress at the state level.

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That Republican’s mandates relief package would include:

(a) Allowing local legislative bodies the authority to initiate and implement back-office sharing (for non-educational expenditures) with boards of education.

(b) Reforming the Minimum Budget Requirement to provide greater reason to education statutes.

(c) Reforming the antiquated evicted tenants’ law.

(d) Requiring a 2/3 vote of the General Assembly to enact any unfunded state mandate.

CCM Executive Director Joe DeLong said that “municipal leaders and CCM look forward to continuing to work with state legislators on both sides of the aisle to protect these positive levels of state aid and advance a robust package of relief from unfunded state mandates during these final week of the 2016 General Assembly session.

“Mayors and first selectmen clearly see the fiscal difficulties faced by the State. Sparing towns from drastic state aid cuts shows that key state leaders are committed to not shifting the burden of the State’s budget difficulties onto business and residential property taxpayers,” concluded DeLong. “They know that such actions would be counterproductive for Connecticut’s economic future.”