State budget impasse putting pressure on Connecticut cities and towns

(WTNH / Mark Davis)

(WTNH) — The state finds itself in incredibly difficult financial times.

Cut the budget, raise taxes, we’ve all heard the story.

But with the General Assembly approving the budget and the Governor promising a veto, caught in the middle of the stalemate are the cities and towns of Connecticut.

“My ask to the General assembly is to do your job. Act responsibly,” said New Haven Mayor Toni Harp.

Sharp criticism from Mayor Harp as 41%, almost half, of the Elm City’s revenue comes from the state of Connecticut.

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After learning this month they are losing pharmaceutical giant Alexion’s corporate headquarters to Boston next year, they are counting every penny.

“The budget that was passed recently wasn’t really balanced, and on top of that, it didn’t take care of and operate on behalf of our most challenged cities,” Mayor Harp said.

Governor Malloy says he will veto the current budget approved by the General Assembly, which means on Oct. 1, his executive order will going into effect, slashing budgets of cities and towns across the state.

Hartford Mayor Luke Bronin says his city will most likely face bankruptcy.

“If there is no state budget and the state continues to operate under this executive order which has stripped enormous amounts of funding from our cities, we do not, at this point, see a clear path to meeting our financial obligations in the month of November,” stated Mayor Bronin.

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Governor Malloy’s budget by Executive Order also shuffles the deck when it comes to education. He leaves in place funding for education in cities like Hartford, New Haven and Bridgeport, but when it comes to towns like West Hartford, he takes from them. We talked to the former town manager Ron Van Winkle about it when the numbers first came out, and he said it will decimate their educational system.

“We have a quality school system and to take almost all of the money, almost the entire $20-some million that we receive an education, and take it away from the town of West Hartford so they can give it to someone else so the kids in West Hartford we want to let them have worse education?” said Van Winkle.

One town leader is wondering how the Governor can criticize a $300 million cut propose to UConn, when his budget cuts education to dozens of towns across the state.

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