Mayor Mark Lauretti described himself as being “indifferent after all these years” to the new proposed state budget unveiled by Gov. Dannel P. Malloy.
Due to a huge projected deficit, Malloy’s plan would reduce spending in some areas and also raise revenues. State aid to municipalities would remain mostly flat or perhaps go down a little.
“If I didn’t have to follow all these dumb mandates, I wouldn’t take any of the money,” Lauretti said of state funding.
He agreed that with the state’s budget woes, “Everyone has to share in the sacrifice in some way.”
Lauretti is a Republican serving his 12th term as mayor of Shelton. He is expected to seek re-election this fall.
Malloy, a Democrat, was re-elected to a second four-year term as the state’s leader last November. Malloy previously served many years as mayor of Stamford.