Superintendents say the federal funds aren’t enough, and when they dry up, they’ll be back to square one.
As Gov. Ned Lamont rolls out his budget for the coming biennium, education funding seems poised to become a battleground.
Most of the new money Lamont would distribute to cities and towns wouldn’t come out of the state’s coffers.
Gov. Ned Lamont is recommending that the state spend $50 million more on municipal aid next year, a 2% increase.
A coalition of advocacy groups and lawmakers called for changes to Connecticut’s school funding model, in hopes of addressing disparities.
Gov. Ned Lamont also said he won’t bill municipalities for a share of Connecticut’s massive teacher pension fund debt.
After watching state aid erode over the past decade, Connecticut municipalities hope to appeal directly to voters to order property tax relief.
Gov. Dannel P. Malloy cautioned his fellow Democrats in the legislature Wednesday that pressing bills restricting the state bailout of Hartford and the governor’s authority over education aid could inflame urban voters at the wrong time.
Gov. Dannel P. Malloy on Friday vetoed a bill that would have prohibited him or future governors from cutting education-cost sharing grants to cities and towns as a means of addressing a budget shortfall that develops during the fiscal year. He also allowed a bill to become law without his signature, a first for the governor.
With the final flourish of a veto-proof margin, the House of Representatives voted Thursday to give final legislative passage to an overdue, bipartisan budget crafted without the direct involvement of Gov. Dannel P. Malloy.
Attorney General George Jepsen offered a legal opinion Tuesday that questioned the legality of Gov. Dannel P. Malloy’s plan to administer municipal aid in the absence of a state budget. But he offered Malloy and the legislature just one alternative — write a new state budget.
The toll Connecticut’s budget standoff has taken on cities and towns will nearly quadruple this week as key education and general government grants will be reduced or withheld.
Gov. Dannel P. Malloy would reduce grants to school districts by 28 percent in October — if no state budget has been adopted — and would dramatically shift funding away from wealthy and middle-income communities and into poorer ones.
As municipalities brace for a massive hit in state assistance this fall, absent a new budget, House Speaker Joe Aresimowicz said Wednesday his chamber may vote on a fiscal plan next month — even if it acts alone.
Evidently resigned to a shrinking pool of state aid, leaders of two municipal associations pressed Gov. Dannel P. Malloy on Friday about granting Connecticut’s cities and town flexibility in dealing with public employees to achieve off-setting efficiencies, long a politically fraught topic at the State Capitol.