Legislative Democrats recommend that the state spend $180 million or 7.4% more more in municipal aid next fiscal year.
Democrats on the Appropriations Committee and Gov. Ned Lamont are headed for a showdown over the next two-year state budget.
The Appropriations Committee will propose a two-year state spending plan Wednesday that bolsters municipal aid, higher education and social services.
As tax revenues continue to grow, Connecticut is on pace to close the fiscal year with $800 million to spare.
The House Republican leader said “it encourages that bad behavior that we’ve seen out of legislators.”
With an unusual bill, state legislators are reminding Gov. Ned Lamont they have significant role in disbursing federal coronavirus relief.
Urban lawmakers on the Appropriations Committee charged Gov. Ned Lamont’s budget largely ignores inequities in education and health care.
Most of the new money Lamont would distribute to cities and towns wouldn’t come out of the state’s coffers.
The move is sure to displease groups that have been calling for a major increase in state education spending.
A tension between fiscal restraint and social justice was evident throughout the governor’s budget address.
While Lamont’s plan provides short-term stability, it also could leave Connecticut with challenges after the 2022 elections.
Another potential wave of federal stimulus, a complex spending cap and other variables cloud the next Connecticut budget debate.
Is Lamont dressing Connecticut in a budget that is adequate during a pandemic but fits like a strait-jacket afterward?
Gov. Ned Lamont’s administration expects to spend about $630 million less than legislators authorized.
The pandemic-induced recession has left Connecticut lawmakers with one of their tightest credit card limits in recent history.