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“We are now eight months into the fiscal year without solutions to our transportation needs and a bond package," the governor wrote to Office of Policy and Management Secretary Melissa McCaw. "No longer can our cities and towns wait.”
Meanwhile, the state’s budget deficit is projected to grow from about $28 million to roughly $60 million, due in part to its recent settlement with state hospitals.
"Agencies are making efforts to curtail hiring and discretionary expenditures, and the governor is prepared to exercise recission authority if necessary to mitigate against ending the year with an operating deficit," according to McCaw.
Greenwich had the largest grand list in Connecticut last year at $32.9 billion, followed by Stamford's $21.5 billion.
“The jobs created by these projects and the infrastructure enhancements will not only benefit us in the short term, but for generations to come,” said Office of Policy and Management Secretary Ben Barnes.
"The legislature once again focused on short-term budget fixes rather than on long-term structural reform," said Commission on Fiscal Stability and Economic Growth co-chairs Robert Patricelli and Jim Smith.
Another round of funding will go out in May as additional communities submit certifications.
Numerous transportation projects in towns and cities across Connecticut would be at risk of cancellation or deferral if the state does not take corrective action, the governor said.
The state's Nonprofit Grant Program provides funds for one-time improvements that upgrade recipients' efficiency and effectiveness.
Facing the loss of millions in dollars and a wave of newly uninsured, hospitals and other providers question their ability to serve patients under the American Health Care Act.