State Rep. Auden Grogins (D-Bridgeport) joined with House Speaker Christopher G. Donovan (D-Meriden) at a press conference to unveil the First Phase Recommendations of the Speaker's Blue Ribbon Commission on Municipal Opportunities and Regional Efficiencies (MORE) at a press conference Wednesday in the Legislative Office Building.
"As Vice-Chair of the State Grant and Mandate Relief Sub-Committee, I believe we have done an excellent job finding efficiencies and cost-cutting measures which will benefit cities and towns in reducing their overhead," Rep. Grogins stated. "We must continue this important work to ensure the future viability of our cities and to embark on effectuating property tax reform."
Some of the recommendations the MORE Commission outlined in its preliminary report include:
- Empowering multi-town groups to create permanent revenue streams
- Decreasing and eliminating costly mandates on local governments
- Increasing efficiencies by consolidating regional services
- Removing barriers to health care purchasing cooperatives
Some of the ideas being considered to carry out the recommendations include repealing web site posting requirements, eliminating statutory barriers to multi-town cooperation and promoting regional economic development strategies through federal grants.
The MORE Commission is comprised of 45 members of the House of Representatives and representatives of municipalities, regional organizations, education, business, unions and non-profits.
Members have been studying ways to restructure government at all levels across the state and create operating efficiencies that save money for municipalities since January. The key findings of the first phase will be incorporated into legislation that will be used to facilitate action during this legislative session.