Before the snow arrived yesterday, Governor Ned Lamont and Ridgefield First Selectman Rudy Marconi met to discuss a number of topics.
One was teachers Pension. Marconi says the unfunded teacher pension concerns municipalities, in particular about the possible allocation of some of the debt to cities and towns. The pair also talked about Health Insurance, which Marconi says is the most significant uncontrollable costs for municipalities.
Another topic was the restoration of the Small Town Economic Assistance Program or STEAP grants.
Marconi talked about the need for greater implementation of the medically assisted treatment model when it comes to addressing the opioid epidemic. Marconi says all rehabilitation facilities should be required to follow this protocol. Many facilities have had the time to implement it, but have not.
Marconi also called for creation of an office of drug policy with a director who will coordinate all state efforts.
The pair discussed school regionalization. Marconi voiced major concern and opposition about the bill proposed by Senate President Martin Looney. Lamont said that he is not in support of this bill. But discussions have taken place about the possibility of consolidating back office functions such as accounting and payroll. Marconi also talked with Lamont about the roles that Council of Governments can play in creating efficiencies on regional basis.