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Recent municipal budget increases proposed by Sherman and New Fairfield first selectmen have prompted state Senator Mike McLachlan to push for a bill that would require the legislature to adopt portions of the state budget by March 1st of each year. 

 

Municipalities are concerned about massive proposed cuts in education aid coupled with mandates like paying for teacher pensions and resident state troopers--and have increased their budgets to make up for the potential shortfalls.  McLachlan says passing this bill would stop the guesswork in local budgets and force legislators to be more accountable to their constituents. 

 

The legislature's Appropriations Committee has until April 27th to take action.

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