Greater Danbury area lawmakers gathered at Danbury City Hall Thursday morning to call on their colleagues to compromise and come to an agreement that won't devastate schools, social services and municipal aid. The lawmakers stood with hospital representatives, realtors and nonprofit service providers, who would also be affected by Governor Malloy's executive order.
Under that temporary order, Danbury schools would lose $6.7 million, Bethel loses $8.5 million, New Fairfield is reduced $4.6 million and Sherman loses all of the little funding the town receives from the state for education.
Danbury state Senator Mike McLachlan says the budget approved by the General Assembly wasn't perfect, but it's the best plan that's available. He says it can be fine tuned over the next two years.