Connecticut Budget Crisis Could 'Devastate' Towns

Town leaders at a meeting this week said they're worried the deepening budget problems, which include a growing deficit that is expected to balloon to more than $1 billion next year, will mean cuts in town aid.

Town leaders are beginning to fret about Connecticut's growing budget problems, raising concerns that the growing deficit - now projected to balloon to more than $1 billion next year - could mean reductions in town aid that the state makes each year to Connecticut's 169 towns.

In a meeting Thursday of the Housatonic Valley Council of towns, municipal leaders learned that the measures being considered by Gov. Dannel P. Malloy to balance the budget could bring steep cuts in state municipal aid, according to the News Times of Danbury.

Most towns in Connecticut each get tens of millions in education and road funds from the state each year and town leaders for years have complained that cutbacks in that aid have already strained local budgets and have forced higher local property taxes. Any additional cuts would be devastating to local communities and could result in layoffs in local school systems, the News Times quoted local leaders as saying.

Socialist Worker December 19, 2012 at 01:37 AM
The way to reduce the deficit is to get a large magic marker and blot it out.
Vinny December 19, 2012 at 03:20 PM
Hey Socialist Work, You saw were the Marxist myth got the Soviet Union. It did not work out there. There always be corrupt people that will have the ultimate power over the people. There will always be the working class and the wealthy over seeing the people.
Socialist Worker December 19, 2012 at 05:08 PM
Vinny its easy to sit back, throw up you hands, and say its human nature. No need to participate in the class struggle, do any thinking or read any books because the problem of class is like the invisable economic hand of Adam Smith. Beyond the control and ablities of humans. Marxism is a guide to action not a myth. You could of said the same in 1765 America a "A republic is impossible because look what happened with the 1649 English Republic." Or how about this in say 1845 America, "Slavery is an evil but it will always be with us. Look what happened to Rome?"
Socialist Worker December 19, 2012 at 05:51 PM
How many people actually own their homes? Capitalism from its very beginning has always been a system were the worker who does the actual producing by using his labor ends up owning nothing. The morgage contract is designed to keep the worker in chains not sell him a home. The only difference between the debt slavery, company housing and the company store is the names have been changed to protect the guilty.
Socialist Worker December 19, 2012 at 06:08 PM
How much of that tax money goes either directly or indirectly into debt service. The capitalists don't like to pay taxes but they do like to loan the government money because that means a profit with almost 100% guaranteed return of principle with interest. Do they like the government providing services to the working class? No more than they like to raise wages. The do like to talk about services being to costly. Public education is to costly because their kids go to private school. Ask them about getting rid of their cops and they will cry treason.


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