News Junkie: Malloy seeks to frame debate over changes to state aid

HARTFORD, Conn. — In an attempt to justify his budget proposal, Gov. Dannel P. Malloy released the first of two big reports regarding the $5.1 billion in state-provided aid to cities and towns.

The second report will contain information about the financial health of municipalities based on their mill rates, fund balances, bond ratings and grand list changes. 

The first report released Thursday “makes clear that in recent years, municipal aid has continued to expand at the same time the state has cut billions of dollars in expenditures across state agencies, including a reduction in the number of state employees by more than 12 percent.”

The report shows, according to the Malloy administration’s narrative that “over the last five fiscal years the state’s support to towns and cities has grown by nearly $1 billion, an increase of more than 21 percent. This has taken place while the state’s population has remained largely flat and student enrollment in public schools is down.”

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