Connecticut's Mayors Rebuke Governor Malloy's Budget

Malloy says the budget holds towns and cities harmless.

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New Haven Mayor John DeStefano
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Bridgeport Mayor Bill Finch
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Executive Director and CEO of the Connecticut Conference of Municipalities Jim Finley
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Connecticut's Mayors Rebuke Governor Malloy's Budget
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Connecticut's Mayors Rebuke Governor Malloy's Budget

A group of mayors and other municipal leaders are upset that Governor Malloy’s budget proposal cuts needed aid - even as the governor says they’re being “held harmless” in his proposal.

New Haven Mayor John DeStefano says other states like New York, are having a different conversation with their towns.

"Now maybe it's fair to ask cities and towns and more importantly, the families that live in them to do with less," said DeStefano during a press conference on Friday.  "But then let's just be honest about it. Governor Cuomo said he was cutting cities and towns. And the taxpayers and the residents? They understood that."

Between budgetary shifts and a planned elimination of the car tax, mayors say they and their taxpayers - are being put on the hook by the state.

Today, a conversation with mayors from some of the state’s biggest cities - about their budgets and what role they expect the state to play.