Towns, cities to get more state aid next year

The bipartisan state budget passed by the legislature late Wednesday restores funding to municipalities and calls for $70.5 million in increased state aid to towns and cities next year than in the current fiscal year, according to a statement from Sen. Paul Formica, R-East Lyme, co-chairman of the Appropriations Committee. The spending plan approved Wednesday also calls for no new taxes and “fully funds” Education Cost Sharing grants for next year, the Special Transportation Fund, and the Renters’ Rebate program, among other provisions, according to Formica.

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