It has been 47 days since the start of the new fiscal year, and Connecticut continues to limp along without a budget. At this point, we are on track to see the longest budget negotiation in state history.
Due to the lack of budget, the governor has to run the state by executive order. That means considerable pain and uncertainty for Connecticut municipalities.
The most significant trouble for towns and cities across the state comes from education funding. Some towns, like Torrington, have pushed back the start of their school year in order to save money.
The governor has decided to direct educational aid toward cities and towns with the greatest need, while other towns who have managed to live within their means will have to struggle along until a budget can be reached.
But even if a budget is passed it will likely include cuts in education aid to those very same towns.
Make no mistake about it, this will leave many municipalities with little choice but raise property taxes to make up the difference. And those aren’t the only tax increases Connecticut residents will likely see at the end of this budget impasse.
Despite the much-vaunted union concessions deal, Connecticut taxpayers are once again having to foot the bill for the state’s tax-and-spend policies.
Enough is enough. The no-tax increase budget proposals made in the House were discarded in favor of a union concessions deal that guarantees raises and layoff protections for 40,000 state employees.
Meanwhile, schools face funding cuts and taxpayers face rising property taxes.
Don’t believe the hype. This is looking more and more like business as usual in the Nutmeg State — it’s just taking a lot longer to get that business done.
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By Joe Horvath, The Yankee Institute, August 17, 2017