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New Britain mayor says state aid from current budget is workable

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Towns and cities have been anxiously waiting on a state budget and they’re hoping this is it.

First impressions from the New Britain mayor are that the city would be okay and the state aid would be manageable, under the current proposal.

She’s hoping the bill gets signed into law.

“We all just want this to be over with. We want this to be done with. We want to move forward with some type of budget,” Mayor Erin Stewart said.

The 880-page bill containing the latest bipartisan agreement from state lawmakers is a mammoth to look over.

Stewart said she and her team at city hall will be going through it line-by-line, but on the surface, it is workable.

“It's been difficult to manage on a CEO level, not having the state budget, not knowing what you're going to get especially in a municipality like the city of New Britain who is reliant on state funds,” Stewart said.

She said New Britain is expecting to receive state aid similar to previous years under the current budget proposal, and education funding in the city would go unharmed.

“The devil is in the details we know that. There's going to be lots of grants that aren't available anymore that we've taken advantage of,” Stewart said.

After waiting months for answers from lawmakers, Mayor Stewart is hopeful this will be the final state budget.

“We want to know what we're working with and as our leader said in the house and the Senate we can go back after and make changes if there are substantial errors in it but at this point - just sign it,” Stewart said.

The town manager of Berlin expressed similar sentiments saying his town is also slated to receive similar state aid under the current proposal.

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