Lauretti on Malloy's state budget plan and 'dumb mandates'

Mayor Mark Lauretti
Mayor Mark Lauretti

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.