After initial reluctance, Gov. Ned Lamont’s administration is warming to the prospect of helping towns improve air quality in schools.
Connecticut Conference of Municipalities
CT lost government jobs during the pandemic. Is that a bad thing?
Many communities in Connecticut froze non-education jobs to help balance their budget during the pandemic.
Growing coalition pushes Lamont harder to fund air quality upgrades in local schools
A coalition of municipalities, teachers, others challenged Gov. Ned Lamont to enhance state funding to improve school air management systems.
Towns are reluctant to ease taxpayer restrictions during second year of pandemic
Municipalities are reluctant to ease penalties on delinquent property taxpayers now that the worst of the coronavirus pandemic has passed.
Some schools need better air control systems. But who will pay?
For years Connecticut hasn’t helped towns fund many air system upgrades in schools. Does that work in times of COVID?
House passes measure making it easier for towns to merge services
The bill gives towns the option of merging services regardless of whether local charters appear to block such a move.
How CT spends billions in latest federal relief will shape its economic future
Policymakers face unprecedented challenges deciding how to spend $6 billion-plus in new federal pandemic relief.
House approves big municipal aid pledge, tax incentive bills
The House approved bills Wednesday pledging $100 million-plus in new municipal aid and offering tax incentives to attract data centers.
A pledge to share sales tax receipts with towns still goes unfulfilled. Was it a case of fiscal bait-and-switch?
Hundreds of millions of dollars have yet to arrive, leaving municipal leaders wary of new proposed aid.
Municipalities win in short term, lose over long haul with Lamont’s new budget
Most of the new money Lamont would distribute to cities and towns wouldn’t come out of the state’s coffers.
Connecticut has nearly $1B in new federal relief. Legislators and municipalities want to know how Lamont plans to divvy it up.
Legislators and municipalities want to know how and when Gov. Ned Lamont will divvy up $1 billion in federal relief.
Lamont will spare town aid while closing big deficit in next state budget
Gov. Ned Lamont also said he won’t bill municipalities for a share of Connecticut’s massive teacher pension fund debt.
Almost all K-12 students in CT now have internet access. What’s the plan for seniors and others without school-aged families?
Residents use computers at the UConn Library at the Hartford Public Library’s downtown branch before the pandemic. Public access to the computers has been interrupted at this library and others during the pandemic. Residents use computers at the UConn Library at the Hartford Public Library’s downtown branch before the pandemic. Public access to the computers […]
Lawmakers eye higher ed, nonprofits for state bailout as COVID continues
Lawmakers say the state should help programs, like higher education, beset by the COVID pandemic. Will the governor agree?
Lamont is guarding reserves for recession to come. Critics say he’s prioritizing austerity over COVID response
The governor has been withholding use of state money for pandemic relief in fear it will run out too soon.