Group working on new plan to help Connecticut cities and towns

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HARTFORD — Connecticut’s largest association of cities and towns is coming up with a plan to increase regional cooperation and review new taxing options.

The Connecticut Conference of Municipalities intends to have a comprehensive package of proposals “designed to break new ground” ready in December. The 2017 legislative session opens in January.

CCM on Monday announced a new 13-member State-Local Partnership Panel. The group of top local officials includes Hartford Mayor Luke Bronin. The Democrat has been appealing to the capital city’s wealthier neighbors to find regional solutions to help Hartford. The city is facing a massive deficit that’s more than 12 percent of its government budget.

CCM Executive Director Joe DeLong says the group’s recommendations “won’t be another study that will be filed on an office shelf.”