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Fiscal responsibility or slash-and-burn budgetary politics at CSCU?

Is the Connecticut State Colleges and Universities Board of Regents engaging in false advertising? Citing a forecasted budget deficit of $69 million due to COVID-19, on Oct. 15 the BOR passed a resolution cutting an additional $8 million from the CSCU campuses. Those cuts are being executed immediately. Not only is the board implementing these drastic cuts during a global health crisis, it is making these cuts to part-time faculty, and undergraduate and graduate assistants who are some of the campuses’ most vulnerable populations.

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A treasure hunt for Metro-North

The headline a few days ago was encouraging:  “CT gets $400K grant to study improvements to Metro-North lines.”   But what’s $400,000 going to tell us that we don’t already know?
Any rider of Metro-North knows the infrastructure is crumbling, the station parking and seating on trains (until COVID) are inadequate and, on the branch lines, the service is terrible.  So why another study? Turns out, this federal grant is different…

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Connecticut charter schools take advantage of PPP funding, while traditional public schools are left behind

Amid the coronavirus pandemic, charter schools in Connecticut accepted loans from the Small Business Administration Payment Protection Program (PPP). The paycheck protection program is a federal program, implemented during the coronavirus pandemic, that provides loans to small businesses to incentivize them to keep their workers on payroll. They come with low interest rates, two to five years to pay back the loan, and no small business fees. None of these loans were available to traditional public schools, as they are not considered businesses.