After initial reluctance, Gov. Ned Lamont’s administration is warming to the prospect of helping towns improve air quality in schools.
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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 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.
Finance panel eyes cap on property tax hikes, gears up for another battle over CT’s credit card
Lawmakers raised bills to cap property tax hikes, and potentially battle Gov. Ned Lamont for control of Connecticut’s borrowing.
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.
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.
Coronavirus has cost towns nearly half a billion dollars so far
The pandemic has taken a huge chunk out of Connecticut municipalities’ piggy banks, leaving dozens of towns scrambling for cash.
Lamont is ready to give towns their first share of federal relief funds
Gov. Ned Lamont is expected to announce an initial round of emergency pandemic relief for cities and towns Thursday.
Municipalities press Lamont to share COVID-19 federal relief funds
Connecticut’s cash-strapped municipalities pressed Gov. Ned Lamont on Tuesday to share a portion of a $1 billion-plus federal relief program.
Lamont empowers town leaders to adopt budgets without going before voters
The waiver exempting municipalities from holding town meetings comes as Connecticut reports its fifth death from coronavirus.
Lamont allows towns to hold meetings remotely to limit spread of coronavirus
Gov. Ned Lamont permitted municipalities to exclude residents from meetings. But can taxpayers still approve a town budget?