After initial reluctance, Gov. Ned Lamont’s administration is warming to the prospect of helping towns improve air quality in schools.
Many communities in Connecticut froze non-education jobs to help balance their budget during the pandemic.
A coalition of municipalities, teachers, others challenged Gov. Ned Lamont to enhance state funding to improve school air management systems.
Municipalities are reluctant to ease penalties on delinquent property taxpayers now that the worst of the coronavirus pandemic has passed.
For years Connecticut hasn’t helped towns fund many air system upgrades in schools. Does that work in times of COVID?
The House approved bills Wednesday pledging $100 million-plus in new municipal aid and offering tax incentives to attract data centers.
Hundreds of millions of dollars have yet to arrive, leaving municipal leaders wary of new proposed aid.
Lawmakers raised bills to cap property tax hikes, and potentially battle Gov. Ned Lamont for control of Connecticut’s borrowing.
Most of the new money Lamont would distribute to cities and towns wouldn’t come out of the state’s coffers.
Gov. Ned Lamont also said he won’t bill municipalities for a share of Connecticut’s massive teacher pension fund debt.
The pandemic has taken a huge chunk out of Connecticut municipalities’ piggy banks, leaving dozens of towns scrambling for cash.
Gov. Ned Lamont is expected to announce an initial round of emergency pandemic relief for cities and towns Thursday.
Connecticut’s cash-strapped municipalities pressed Gov. Ned Lamont on Tuesday to share a portion of a $1 billion-plus federal relief program.
The waiver exempting municipalities from holding town meetings comes as Connecticut reports its fifth death from coronavirus.
Gov. Ned Lamont permitted municipalities to exclude residents from meetings. But can taxpayers still approve a town budget?