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CCM backs plan to revitalize CT — despite risk to local aid

Despite a proposal that could jeopardize state aid in the coming years, the Connecticut Conference of Municipalities has endorsed the full report of the Commission on Fiscal Stability and Economic Growth, arguing it offers more long-term benefits for the state and its communities. Continue Reading →

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Town leaders: Further reform needed for pensions, school funding

Municipal leaders urged a state study panel Tuesday to support further restrictions on public-sector pensions, ending collective bargaining for retirement benefits and aggressively redistributing education aid from communities losing students to those gaining them. Continue Reading →

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Joe DeLong on pensions: ‘The reality is this is burying the state’

The Connecticut Conference of Municipalities asked Gov. Dannel P. Malloy last week to set aside his demand that municipalities begin contributing this year to the cost of teacher pensions, a fast-growing liability that is now wholly the responsibility of the state. Instead, CCM proposed a study that prompted eye-rolling by the governor. Our Sunday conversation is with Joe DeLong, the former West Virginian legislative leader who took over as executive director of CCM in 2015, about his dire views on public pensions. Continue Reading →

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With municipal aid on chopping block, a cordial chat

Evidently resigned to a shrinking pool of state aid, leaders of two municipal associations pressed Gov. Dannel P. Malloy on Friday about granting Connecticut’s cities and town flexibility in dealing with public employees to achieve off-setting efficiencies, long a politically fraught topic at the State Capitol. Continue Reading →

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Coventry town manager Elsesser: Connecticut should consider the commercial activities tax

John A. Elsesser, longtime Coventry town manager, has been one of the leading figures in municipal government for nearly four decades. He understands the varied and intensifying fiscal pressures facing Connecticut and its municipalities, recognizes the need to raise revenue; and sees one possible way to do it fairly — a commercial activities tax. Continue Reading →

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Looney wants half-penny sales tax option for cities and towns

Senate President Pro Tem Martin M. Looney of New Haven called Friday for an optional local sales tax increase to help cities and towns control property tax rates. This would add a local surcharge of one-half of 1 percentage point to the existing 6.35 percent state sales tax. Continue Reading →

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No one wants a share of CT’s teacher pension bill

Municipalities and hospitals both fear the new cost burdens they would assume in Gov. Dannel P. Malloy’s budget would grow quickly as state retirement benefit costs surge in the coming years. Continue Reading →

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