The Connecticut Conference of Municipalities began a radio advertising campaign today praising Gov. Dannel P. Malloy’s budget, which maintains state aid to municipalities.

“Unlike his colleagues from New York, New Jersey and across the country, Gov. Malloy refused to balance the state budget on the backs of municipalities and their residential and business property taxpayer,” said James Finley, the executive director of the association of cities and towns.

Here is the script:

Woman: Have you done THE BUDGET MATH? Mayors and first selectmen have done THE BUDGET MATH. Governor Malloy’s proposed state budget means real property tax relief for towns and cities when they need it most.

Man: He’s not slashing municipal aid like governors in other states.

Woman: That’s right. There are virtually no municipal-aid cuts. Slashing municipal aid would only pass the buck to property taxpayers — both homeowners and businesses. Alternative state budgets would be much worse, causing big property tax hikes, deep service cuts, and teacher and municipal employee layoffs.

Man: So Malloy’s budget proposal is the best for property taxpayers?

Woman: Yes! The Governor’s budget would keep more teachers; more police and firefighters, more roads and bridges in good repair.

Man: DO THE BUDGET MATH: Urge Your State Legislators to Support Governor Malloy’s budget – As a former Mayor, Malloy’s budget is the best for our hometowns.

Mark is the Capitol Bureau Chief and a co-founder of CT Mirror. He is a frequent contributor to WNPR, a former state politics writer for The Hartford Courant and Journal Inquirer, and contributor for The New York Times.

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