December 2017

Fight for a Fair Budget Continues

Governor hits towns with new cuts

CEA member teachers, staff, and leaders were instrumental in helping finally pass a state budget that preserves ECS funding for cities and towns, establishes a CARES Commission to secure long-term funding for public education, and mitigates against a two-percent teacher tax increase that would go into the state's General Fund--reducing it to a one-percent increase and putting that money into the teacher pension fund instead.

However, the state budget is already on track for a $207.8 million deficit, and the governor has stunned legislators and town officials by holding back $91 million in municipal funding—including a $58 million reduction in ECS funding to cities and towns.

Now every town in the state faces cuts. Those with the largest cuts are Enfield ($2.3 million); West Hartford ($2.2 million); Newington, Wallingford and Stratford ($1.8 million); and Southington ($1.7 million).

CEA will continue closely monitoring the state budget situation and advocating for public education funding at the state and local levels. Check your inbox and stay tuned to blogcea.org for updates.



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