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The current legislative session has seen more talk “about pizza than affordable housing,” Connecticut Conference of Municipalities Executive Director and CEO Joe DeLong said.
Over the next few weeks, the organization said it will work with community partners in a number of municipalities to address schoolchildren’s needs, which in return will improve education and quality of life.
Connecticut added another 49 COVID-19-related deaths since yesterday, bringing its total to 326. Another 110 persons have been hospitalized, bringing that total to 1,418. The new to-date numbers of tests conducted and of positive results are expected later tonight, Gov. Ned Lamont said. Updated county-by-county information is also not yet available.
"While I find it very hard to believe that Gov. Lamont and Democrat leaders are anywhere close to agreeing on a full bonding package, what I do know is that funding for towns and cities has been held hostage for far too long and needs to be released,” said Senate Minority Leader Len Fasano.
The timing for completing the project and promoting proposals across the state will coincide with the General Assembly election campaigns next fall and the longer, five-month General Assembly session in the first half of 2021.
Connecticut’s property tax burden per capita is almost twice the U.S. average and third-highest in the U.S., according to the Connecticut Conference of Municipalities report.
Gov. Ned Lamont greeted the proposal with enthusiasm, while Senate Republican President Pro Tempore Len Fasano said it would result in a state tax increase “of well over $1 billion."
The Connecticut Council of Municipalities doesn't think the forced regionalization of schools idea "accomplishes a whole lot of anything. It’s not a ‘one size fits all’ thing.”
The CCM provided details of 15 communities that have seen a shift from municipal recycling being a net plus to a net minus.
“Connecticut has long been the land of steady habits, but the precarious fiscal condition that still plagues the state budget demands that Connecticut change key core public policies – now,” said CCM Executive Director Joe DeLong.
Nearly half of the surveyed communities have imposed some type or level of spending freeze during the first quarter of their fiscal year.
The governor and other top Democrats in the legislature are offering more time via a letter to the Connecticut Conference of Municipalities.
Towns and cities originally were told sales tax revenue sharing would amount to $246 million this fiscal year, but that figure was cut to $185 million.