Lawmakers grilled Michelle Gilman about an audit of CT’s school construction program, which the department of administrative services oversees.
The inevitable questioning has begun: Is Gov. Ned Lamont up to the tricky task of managing a scandal in an election year?
The governor’s reversal comes one day after the state’s deputy budget director, who oversaw the program, retired under a cloud.
Connecticut’s capital spending on school construction fell by 45% from 2008 to 2017, but the state attributes the drop to stricter controls over the program.
The Senate voted late Thursday rebalance Connecticut’s credit card in the face of shrinking tax revenues, canceling or delaying about $1 billion in financing for a wide array of projects and programs, and to authorize $380 for municipal school construction, down significantly from recent years.
Connecticut is on pace to exceed its hard credit card limit by more than $320 million in two years — a projection that will tighten available borrowing for local schools, public colleges and universities, state building renovations and various projects in legislators’ districts.
The bill includes language that requires school construction projects to reflect the safety guidelines approved after the Sandy Hook shootings.