Connecticut's governor provided a brief update Tuesday on his plan to mitigate the state's budget challenges.
Gov. Dannel Malloy held a news conference around 10:30 a.m. in Hartford.
Connecticut faces an estimated $1.5 billion budget deficit for this fiscal year.
A number of cities and towns have already begun bracing for potential cuts to state aid.
Earlier this month, Malloy said they would see state aid changes in his yet-to-be unveiled two-year budget.
However, Malloy outlined "mandate relief" for cities and towns.
He said his relief package is designed to increase local control over budgets and contracts, keep down project costs, modernize out-of-date requirements and remove unnecessary red tape.
“True partnerships are built on listening to the concerns and responding to the needs of the other party,” Malloy said. “Given the challenges we face in balancing the budget in the next biennium, the state and local municipalities must continue to strengthen our working partnership – and in some respects, begin to redefine this relationship.”
Malloy said the package includes these provisions:
Malloy said he expected to release his whole detailed budget no later than Feb. 8.
“We all know that change is hard – many of these mandates have been on the books for quite a long time,” he said. “But it is our responsibility to routinely review and identify what is working and what is hindering our ability to deliver the best service to the people of our state. We can provide relief to our towns and cities – and this proposal is a significant step in that direction.”
Malloy has said that everything will be on the table when it comes to closing the budget gap.
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