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The Magic Number in CT’s 32nd District Special Election: $14.66 Million

February 23, 2017 By Staff
The Magic Number in CT’s 32nd District Special Election: $14.66 Million

The budget of Gov. Dan Malloy (D-Conn.) cut $14.66 million from 10 towns in Connecticut's 32nd Senate District. That $14.66 million is at stake in Tuesday's special election.

On Tuesday, Connecticut’s 32nd Senate District will hold a special election to fill the seat left vacant by Rob Kane, who took a job as Republican state auditor. There’s a lot more at stake than just the current 17-17 balance in the State Senate, though.

When Gov. Dan Malloy (D-Conn.) submitted his biennial budget proposal, he proposed cutting local aid to the 10 towns in the 32nd Senate District by a cumulative total of $14.66 million. Oxford ($4.52 million) and Watertown ($3.29 million) are the towns hit hardest by Malloy’s cuts.

In addition to Watertown and Oxford, the northwestern 32nd District includes Bethlehem, Bridgewater, Middlebury, Roxbury, Seymour, Southbury, Washington and Woodbury.

The Republican in the 32nd District race, State Rep. Eric Berthel (R-Watertown), is opposed to Malloy and noted in a recent interview “that the Republicans have put forth four complete budget packages that would all have ‘brought Connecticut into the black within five years.'”

The Democrat in the 32nd District race, Greg Cava, has said he will work “to ensure the 32nd District receives its fair share of services,” but he could be the deciding vote on the budget in favor of Malloy (19-17), assuming a Democrat wins in the other special election on Tuesday, for the liberal 2nd District.

The 2nd District, which includes Hartford, Bloomfield, and Windsor, does not face similar cuts in local aid. Though Bloomfield and Windsor see cuts under Malloy’s budget, Hartford would get a $38 million boost from the budget.