The state Legislature has been tasked with coming up with funding sources for transportation infrastructure improvements proposed by Governor Malloy. Deputy House Speaker Bob Godfrey of Danbury says he wants to find a way to ease the burden on municipalities and taxpayers across the board.
Governor Malloy's budget proposals increases overall spending by 3.3 percent in the first year and 3.1 percent in the second year. It also delays a planned increase in the personal income tax exemption for single filers. The proposal also delays an increase in Earned Income Tax Credit program.
Funding for 25 new clients annually is included in Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services young adult services program.
One proposal made by Governor Malloy this week in his budget calls for municipalities to bear the full cost of the resident state trooper program. Currently, the state pays about 30-percent of the costs. New Fairfield is among the towns with a Resident State Trooper. Kent, Sherman, Southbury and Washington also have Resident State Troopers. Roxbury and Bridgewater have a shared Trooper.
Governor Malloy's budget proposals eliminates the $250 biennial business entity tax, limits the use of tax credits by hospitals and corporations and reduces the monthly personal needs allowance for nursing home residents from $60 to 50.
Governor Malloy's budget proposals would close the Department of Social Services office in Torrington as part of consolidation effort, moves adults on HUSKY A health insurance program with income at 138 percent above federal poverty level to state's health insurance exchange and provides funding to add about 1,800 more seats in magnet schools and 1,250 seats in charter schools.