February 21st, 2016 Dialogue Show:
This week on Dialogue, Steve Kotchko talks with Joe DeLong, Executive Director of the Connecticut Conference of Municipalities, about cities and towns looking to get the state aid they need … despite this year’s budget crisis. He tells they are hopeful, because a cut in state aid to local municipalities would only lead to an increase in local property taxes, which no one wants. Another thing DeLong says towns and cities don’t want to happen is Governor Malloy’s proposal to end the practice of denying motor vehicle registrations to people with unpaid local property taxes, just so lines at DMV branches can be reduced. The CCM director says that would reward cheaters and could cause a gaping 40 million dollar loss in local revenue collections.