Malloy’s equity argument makes case for more aid for 31 Connecticut towns
HARTFORD >> As promised, Gov. Dannel P. Malloy unveiled a two-year budget that takes money from Connecticut’s wealthier communities and redistributes it to less affluent cities and towns.
“Here’s the simple truth I know you all agree with: Education is economic development,” Malloy said Wednesday during his joint budget address.
Malloy’s $41.51 billion, two-year budget, gives 31 towns in the state more state aid than they currently receive, according to Office of Policy and Management Secretary Ben Barnes.
That means there are 138 towns getting less municipal aid under the governor’s plan than their current allotment.
The winners — at least funding wise — are mostly the big cities. Hartford is slated to receive $47 million more in state aid next year than this year; Waterbury, $43 million; New Britain, $28 million; Bridgeport, $19 million; and New Haven, $16 million.
The big losers are: Groton, which is slated to receive nearly $13 million less; Milford, $11 million less; Wallingford, $8 million less; Glastonbury, $8 million less; and Fairfield, $7.6 million less.
“The truth is that, for too long, we’ve allowed certain communities to be disproportionately impacted by the state’s fiscal challenges,” Malloy said. “While we’ve made advancements in recent years to address this inequity, I don’t believe that we’ve gone far enough.”
The Malloy budget also assumes $1.56B in labor savings, and imposes tax increases and big increases in gun-related fees.