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State Senator

Ted Kennedy, Jr.

Representing Branford, Durham, Guilford, Killingworth, Madison & North Branford

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Shoreline Lawmakers Release Statement Regarding Today’s Municipal Aid Cuts

Senator Ted Kennedy, Jr., Representative Lonnie Reed, and Representative Sean Scanlon released the following statements today in response to the Office of Policy and Management (OPM) decision to cut municipal aid to the shoreline communities they represent:

“One of the foundational principles of the bipartisan budget passed in the legislature and signed by Governor Malloy was that Connecticut’s towns and cities should be protected from deep cuts to municipal aid and education funding. That was the deal that Democrat and Republican legislators negotiated and agreed upon,” said Senator Kennedy. “The budget should not be balanced by unfairly singling out and punishing towns who already implemented cost-saving strategies and have a long history of prudent financial planning, but that is what Governor Malloy has chosen to do. I am very concerned about the impact these cuts will have, as well as the unilateral way in which they were made. I will work with my colleagues on both sides of the aisle to find a solution that provides some relief from Governor Malloy’s cuts.”

“Our state’s structural budget deficit will continue to present enormous fiscal challenges moving forward and that makes it even more imperative that we keep our priorities straight. We know we have more tough decisions ahead, but our legislature’s historic bipartisan agreement rejected the short-sighted tactic of penalizing well-managed towns with unjust cuts to public schools and critical municipal services,” said Representative Reed.

“I’m extremely disappointed to see that Governor Malloy has chosen to unilaterally cut our municipal aid and do so with literally no warning to us or the towns. Last month the legislature came together in a historic vote of Democrats and Republicans to reject his plan of devastating suburban aid cuts. The Governor should reconsider these cuts and stop reverting to a policy that has been firmly rejected by both parties and the public,” said Representative Scanlon.






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