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 for updates.

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