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Ridgefield representatives request state budget deadline

March 11, 2017 GMT

RIDGEFIELD—State Rep. John Frey (R-111) and Rep. Michael Ferguson (R-138) are asking the state legislature to set a May 5 deadline to complete its two-year budget.

The representatives joined the House Republican caucus in calling for the deadline, which is aimed at ensuring municipalities know how much state funding they will receive before they make final budget decisions. Towns usually vote on their local budgets in April or May, while the state does not finish its budget until June or later.

“We cannot have a repeat of the past few years where municipalities are blindsided by drastic cuts to their municipal aid in the middle of their budget years,” Frey said.

Frey and Ferguson said the House Republicans will craft a budget before May 5 and are urging other legislators to do the same.

Both representatives also co-introduced a bill that would require municipal aid numbers be decided by March 1 every year. The bill is expected to go to public hearing soon, but will not affect the 2017-18 budget process.

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