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4/22/2016 - First Selectman Tetreau Discusses Proposed State Cuts on News 12's Focus on Connecticut

First Selectman Mike Tetreau recently appeared on News 12 Connecticut’s Focus on Connecticut to discuss the potential impact on the Governor’s proposed funding cuts to Fairfield. Joining First Selectman Tetreau was New Canaan First Selectman Robert E. Mallozzi III and Joe DeLong, Executive Director of The Connecticut Conference of Municipalities (CCM).

First Selectman Tetreau and First Selectman Mallozzi III spoke out against the Governor’s proposed budget cuts and the negative effects they could have on Towns like Fairfield.

Mr. DeLong spoke about the negative impact these cuts could have on the State citing CCM’s disappointment with the Governor’s severe cuts in aid that will result in tax hikes and service cuts for residential and business property taxpayers. CCM is also calling on the General Assembly to reject the deep cuts in state aid to towns and cities, without increasing state taxes.

According to CCM, the Governor’s second proposed budget calls for gutting the brand-new Municipal Revenue Sharing Fund (which shares state sales tax revenues with Towns for the first time), reducing municipal revenue from $109.3 million to $17.3 million; and cutting Education Cost Sharing (ECS) Grants by over $53.4 million and other miscellaneous education grants by $6.2 million.

Focus on Connecticut features local, state and federal officials discussing issues around southwestern Connecticut.

The show, featuring First Selectman Mike Tetreau, airs this Saturday, April 23, 2016 at 5:30 am, 4:30 pm and 8:30 pm, as well as this Sunday, April 24, 2016 at 11:30 am and 8:30 pm. Only Optimum customers can view this show on television or at http://connecticut.news12.com/features.

CCM is the state’s largest, non-partisan organization of municipal leaders, representing 158 towns and cities in Connecticut. CCM’s common mission is to improve everyday life for every resident of Connecticut. CCM shares best practices and objective research to help local leaders govern wisely. CCM advocates for municipalities at the state level for issues affecting local taxpayers and works to negotiate more cost-effective services for Connecticut’s communities.