HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) _ Gov. Dannel P. Malloy is assuring Connecticut mayors and first selectmen that he expects no cuts in state aid to cities and towns next year.

Headlining the Connecticut Conference of Municipalities’ annual convention on Wednesday, Malloy told local leaders that his administration plans to honor those commitments for funding– included in the second year of the two-year state budget– “no matter how difficult” future budgetary challenges might become.

But Malloy, a former mayor of Stamford, also made it clear that local officials should not expect additional money from the state.

Connecticut government operates on a two-year budget. Often, changes are made to the second year of the biennial tax-and-spending plan.

Malloy received a standing ovation from the crowd, many pleased he did not state cut aid this year.

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


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