With more than three-quarters of overall state municipal aid currently going to the state’s primary education grant — the Education Cost Sharing (ECS) grant — it should be no surprise that it took the brunt of cuts this year. Various non-education grants will be cut next year to make up for restoring ECS funding in 2019.
Critics of the Department of Children and Families are using the bipartisan budget deal to strip the agency of responsibility for its detention facility, the Connecticut Juvenile Training School, and give it to the state court system. It’s an implicit rebuke of the DCF’s management of the facility.
WASHINGTON — Sen. Chris Murphy on Wednesday reintroduced a background-check gun bill he’s been trying to make law since a gunman killed 20 first graders and six educators in Newtown at the end of 2012. The political climate for the bill is no better now, however, than when the Senate rejected it in 2013 and 2016.
The two-year state budget the Senate is scheduled to debate Wednesday evening relies on tax and fee hikes worth just over $1 billion over the biennium.
The bipartisan budget that legislators expect to approve this week would cut the primary state grant that helps municipalities run their local public schools by $30 million this fiscal year – a 1.5 percent reduction. But it would replace that money and distribute it differently next year.