ccm

Recent Posts

CCM: Pair sales tax hike, bargaining changes to bolster cities, towns

Connecticut’s cities and towns unveiled a sweeping financial plan Wednesday that included a major sales tax boost to aid communities, new regionalization incentives and collective bargaining changes. The bargaining changes would be designed to ensure new revenue for towns would not be used to boost wages and benefits for municipal workers. Continue Reading →

Filed under: , , , , , , ,

Towns watching grant cut as harbinger of things to come

Connecticut’s municipal leaders are watching closely to see how swiftly —if at all — lawmakers and Gov. Dannel P. Malloy release $30 million in promised-yet-withheld capital improvement funds for cities and towns once the new legislative session gets underway. Continue Reading →

Filed under: , , , , , , ,

CCM tries to increase fall campaigns’ focus on urban poverty

Connecticut’s urban centers are shackled by unemployment, homelessness and other poverty indicators that dwarf those of surrounding suburbs, the state’s chief municipal lobbying group wrote Monday in a bulletin to state legislative candidates. Continue Reading →

Filed under: , , , , , , ,

Municipalities say CT’s property tax system is unsustainable

Just days after a landmark state court ruling found Connecticut’s education funding system to be “irrational and unconstitutional,” the chief lobbying group for cities and towns issued a new research paper calling the municipal property tax system “unsustainable.” Continue Reading →

Filed under: , , , , , , ,

Towns wary of local spending cap as state begins revenue sharing

Enjoying their first infusion of state sales tax receipts — albeit not as much as promised — Connecticut’s cities and towns remain wary of a revenue-sharing program that comes with a controversial spending cap. Continue Reading →

Filed under: , , , , , , ,

Bye urges colleagues, Malloy to scale back town aid cuts

This is a picture of Sen. Beth Bye

The Senate chair of the General Assembly’s budget-writing panel challenged her colleagues and Gov. Dannel P. Malloy on Thursday to ease the municipal aid cuts they are seeking — or watch one budget be rejected after another. Sen. Beth Bye also fears many cities and towns already are making plans to increase property tax rates based on the state budgets proposed over the past week. Continue Reading →

Filed under: , , , , , , ,

Municipalities fear big CT deficits will nix promised state aid

In light of surging state budget deficits, municipal leaders were skeptical Tuesday that their communities would receive the hundreds of millions of dollars in state sales tax receipts owed them over the next three years. The Connecticut Conference of Municipalities also used their annual lobbying day at the Capitol to urge legislators to spare them from new mandates and to postpone and reform a new municipal spending cap. Continue Reading →

Filed under: , , , , , , ,

Malloy: Speed DMV lines by shedding ‘collection agency’ role

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy wants to help the beleaguered Department of Motor Vehicles by getting the agency out of the municipal debt collection business and by expanding transactions that can be done at private businesses like AAA offices. Continue Reading →

Filed under: , , , , , ,

Malloy seeks new storyline with budget gambit

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy’s challenge to legislative leaders to participate in bipartisan budget talks is less a cry for fiscal help than an effort to alter a political narrative that’s failed him in recent months, driving his approval rating to a new low. Continue Reading →

Filed under: , , , , , , ,