Without State Budget, Towns Could See Steep Cuts Under Malloy’s Executive Order
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Klarides said in a statement that Malloy’s budget offer “came with significant strings attached.”
She didn’t elaborate, but said Malloy also appeared to “have little interest” in negotiating possible changes to his alternative.
Klarides also denied Malloy’s question about whether she and Aresimowicz had an agreement not to vote on the plan, saying House Republicans want a vote on their budget proposal.
“We have repeatedly asked for votes on our budgets and stand ready to take action whenever the legislature convenes,” she said.
Senate leaders said Tuesday that they want a vote on the “mini budget” to avoid the executive order Malloy has planned.
The executive order, if in place for the entire year, would cut total spending by $558.7 million. Malloy has said he would impose his budget in quarterly segments until a budget is passed.
Some of the cuts run deeper than the total, though, as some of the savings would be used to offset increased expenditures for pensions, court mandates, debt service, and other obligations.
Aid to municipalities, for example, would be cut by $684.2 million when compared to the current budget.
Joe DeLong, executive director of the Connecticut Conference of Municipalities, said that the cuts, while potentially painful, won’t begin to affect municipalities until after the summer. Towns don’t begin receiving Education Cost Sharing grants, the largest form of municipal aid, and some of the other payments until September.
DeLong said CCM, the state’s largest municipal lobbying organization, is continuing to schedule meetings with lawmakers to push for more municipal aid.
“CCM will conduct a thorough review of the Governor’s proposals so that we can properly inform our member towns and cities of their projected impacts,” DeLong said in a statement. “However, our continued focus will be on the adoption of a budget for the next biennium that protects property taxpayers and provides our communities with the tools and reforms needed to spur economic growth across all of Connecticut.”