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As state budget negotiations intensify, the organization that represents Connecticut’s cities and towns is doubling down on a sweeping financial plan unveiled earlier this year.

The Connecticut Conference of Municipalities sent a letter to every state legislator Monday that reiterated the group’s call for new municipal cost containment, service-sharing and collective bargaining measures as well as a new state sales tax, the revenues from which would be distributed to towns.

Kevin Maloney, the group’s spokesman, said the letter is CCM’s “last big push” during the legislature’s regular session.

“With the 2017 regular session winding down and budget negotiations going into full swing, we wanted to take a moment to restate the core proposals adopted by the CCM membership as they apply to the state’s budgeting process,” the letter stated.

“As you know, decisions enacted by the General Assembly in the days ahead will have a long-term impact on the future of Connecticut and the stability and viability of the 164 member towns and cities that our organization currently represents,” it said.

The group said its recommendations, first released in January, must be given “serious consideration as key components of any final budget package.”

Kyle is CT Mirror's Director of Membership and Digital Innovation. His newsroom experience includes roles as a freelance reporter and then a full-time general assignment reporter at CT Mirror and as State Capitol beat writer for UConn's Daily Campus. He graduated from UConn with a bachelor's degree in journalism in 2017.

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