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Posted inMoney

State bonding gridlock stalls summer repaving funds

Gov. Ned Lamont and Democratic legislative leaders repeatedly  trumpeted their adoption of a new state budget “on time” in June, noting it gave cities and towns certainty about the grants they could expect. But for the second time in three years, Connecticut cities and towns haven’t received state funding crucial for scheduled summer road repaving work.

Posted inNews

Lawmakers renew teacher pension cost-sharing debate

Should the state bill towns for teacher pension costs? Former Gov. Dannel P. Malloy first raised the idea of sharing the fastest-growing cost in the state budget with cities and towns. But while Malloy failed to win legislative support before he left office, the debate over whether to bill communities for a share of municipal teacher pension costs is not over.

Posted inCities & Towns, Money

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.