By SUSAN HAIGH, Associated Press Writer

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) _ Connecticut Gov. Dannel P. Malloy is receiving some rare kudos for his new budget.

City and town leaders, who appeared before the legislature’s Appropriations Committee on Thursday, said they are relatively pleased with Malloy’s two-year, $40 billion budget because it fully funds many state grants to cities and towns. That list includes the Education Cost Sharing Grant –the largest state grant for local public education.

But some leaders, especially those from smaller towns, said they’re concerned about Malloy’s plan to cut reimbursement to towns for not levying taxes on manufacturing machinery and equipment. The town of Sprague expects to lose $400,000, or five percent of its revenue.

Some officials are also concerned because various mandates on municipalities, such as prevailing wages for construction contracts, have not been frozen or reformed.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)


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