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If Budget Talks Fail, Connecticut Could Cut $1 Billion In Municipal Aid

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Gov. Dan Malloy visits the offices of the Department of Administrative Services - Hartford, CT - Mar 24, 2011 (credit: Governor's Office)

Gov. Dan Malloy visits the offices of the Department of Administrative Services – Hartford, CT – Mar 24, 2011 (credit: Governor’s Office)

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STAMFORD, CT (WCBS 880) - Connecticut Gov. Dan Malloy‘s budget plan counts on a billion dollars in union concessions per year over the next two years, and if talks break down, the administration is spelling out one admittedly unlikely scenario.

That scenario would be a billion dollar cut in municipal aid.

WCBS 880’s Paul Murnane: Negotiations Are Continuing

For many communities, that’s a cut of 1/3 or more.  Norwalk mayor Dick Moccia would lose about $5 million, which he says is a near 50 percent cut.

He says a cut like that could force him to raise taxes by 8 or 9 percent.

“It has to be almost similar to what happened in Washington. Everybody has to get in the governor’s office, sit down, and work this through as soon as possible,” says Moccia.

This scenario has been suggested in the governor’s budget forums across the state, officials say, and could be looked upon as a way of ratcheting up pressure on state unions.

Negotiations are continuing.

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