Towns are getting more state aid but less than promised

Your city or town probably would get more state aid under Gov. Dannel P. Malloy’s new budget for 2016-17 than it did this fiscal year or last. A major new revenue-sharing program would cap property taxes on vehicles, bolster funds for communities with colleges, hospitals and other tax-exempt properties, and provide general relief.

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Who smokes in Connecticut?

The state gets a lot of money from tobacco taxes — $3.40 per pack — which goes into the general fund to pay for the state’s operating costs, like social services. A separate tax is also levied on tobacco companies, and that money is partially supposed to go to anti-smoking programs. However, lawmakers often raid the fund to cover the shortfall in other areas, like new preschool slots.