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Larger municipalities also provide water and sewage facilities and other services.
Originally, government was based on the town meeting, at which the citizens elected selectmen to run the town between the annual meetings.
Nonetheless, the state joined the national effort to reduce welfare costs, establishing workfare (mandated employment) programs for those on public assistance rolls and deinstitutionalizing many who had been in mental health facilities.
This has been done amid sometimes heated debate and—as elsewhere in the country—has put added pressure on law enforcement and health care services.
These local governments maintain roads and provide elementary and secondary education and police and fire protection.
Some smaller communities have elected mayors; others have town or city managers.
Many towns have retained the town meeting or have substituted the representative town meeting.
governor, who is elected for a four-year term, heads Connecticut’s state government.
The governor initiates legislation, prepares the state budget, appoints department heads, and can veto individual items of an appropriation bill.
The community and the state have become increasingly involved in health and medical care.