The chairwoman of the legislature’s higher education committee said Gov. Dannel P. Malloy’s plan for higher education is likely to face a roadblock in the legislature.

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy’s proposed budget sheds the state’s responsibility to cover the actual costs of providing the medical, retirement and other fringe benefits for thousands of college and university employees. Instead, the state budget would send a lump sum payment to officials at the Connecticut State Universities, the University of Connecticut, community colleges and online Charter Oak State College.

“If it doesn’t hold their budget’s harmless, then it is a non starter,” Sen. Beth Bye, D-West Hartford, said during an interview Friday.

The proposal, college officials say, has the potential to create a huge deficit in their budgets.

The Higher Education Committee has scheduled a public hearing on the governor’s proposed changes to higher education next Thursday.

Jacqueline was CT Mirror’s Education and Housing Reporter, and an original member of the CT Mirror staff, joining shortly before our January 2010 launch. Her awards include the best-of-show Theodore A. Driscoll Investigative Award from the Connecticut Society of Professional Journalists in 2019 for reporting on inadequate inmate health care, first-place for investigative reporting from the New England Newspaper and Press Association in 2020 for reporting on housing segregation, and two first-place awards from the National Education Writers Association in 2012. She was selected for a prestigious, year-long Propublica Local Reporting Network grant in 2019, exploring a range of affordable and low-income housing issues. Before joining CT Mirror, Jacqueline was a reporter, online editor and website developer for The Washington Post Co.’s Maryland newspaper chains. Jacqueline received an undergraduate degree in journalism from Bowling Green State University and a master’s in public policy from Trinity College.

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