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  • Distributing Non-Education State Aid to Municipalities through a Needs-Capacity Formula

    The State of Connecticut contains 169 towns with a wide range of wealth and resident need. Currently, the State of Connecticut provides financial aid to towns through a variety of statutory and non-statutory grant programs. The current structure for non-education town aid does not sufficiently address the underlying municipal fiscal disparities that are caused by the unequal costs of delivering services and the low revenue raising capacity of towns in Connecticut. The purpose of this policy briefing is to introduce and examine how Connecticut can address municipal fiscal disparities by using a needs-capacity formula to distribute non-education town aid.

  • Connecticut's Spending & Volatility Caps

    As part of the biennial budget for fiscal years 2018-19, the Connecticut General Assembly passed two fiscal accountability measures, known as the spending cap and the volatility cap. These measures include changes to multiple sections of the Connecticut General Statutes, which are discussed in this policy brief.

  • VISUALIZATION: State Aid to Municipalities by Grant Program

    This visualization, created based on the August 2017 report from Connecticut's Office of Policy and Management titled Connecticut's Financial Support to Municipalities, displays and compares the amount of state grant funding each Connecticut municipality received from fiscal year 2011 to fiscal year 2017.