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Malloy to provide new municipal aid system — Lawmakers on both sides of the aisle applaud the idea

Bristol City Hall

Bristol City Hall

Gov. Malloy used his state-of-the-state address Wednesday to set the stage for changes in how the state distributes municipal aid, primarily in education funding.

The state provides a total of $5.1 billion in municipal assistance, which Malloy said is more than one fifth of Connecticut’s overall budget this year, “making it our biggest single expense — not state employee pensions, not Medicaid, not debt service, not salary and benefits of our employees; town aid accounts for the largest portion of our state budget.”

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