Lamont is guarding reserves for recession to come. Critics say he’s prioritizing austerity over COVID response

Lamont is guarding reserves for recession to come. Critics say he’s prioritizing austerity over COVID response

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Gian-Carl Casa, president and CEO of the CT Community Nonprofit Alliance, said the two forms of assistance aren’t remotely related.

The federal loan “was designed to keep people employed. Most of it is tied to salary and benefits,” he said.

Nonprofits couldn’t use those funds to cover the protective gear, testing and other safety measures funded with the aid the state now wants back.

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Nonprofits, who typically draw 85% or more of their funding from government sources, say Lamont doesn’t understand their fiscal reality: small agencies that serve the intellectually disabled, mentally ill and drug addicts aren’t popular targets for philanthropy.

And while many nonprofits and their services face severe financial peril, Casa said some of the damage can’t be measured in dollars.

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