Rep. Harding Co-Sponsors Legislation to Protect Educational Funding

Posted on May 9, 2018 by jpheasant


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HARTFORD – State Representative Stephen Harding (R-107) has co-sponsored legislation that would protect educational funding by preventing the Executive Branch of Connecticut’s state government from making recessions or other reductions during the fiscal year.

House Bill 5171, prohibits the governor from making any recessions or other reductions to Educational Cost Sharing (ECS) during the fiscal year. Passage of this bill would ensure funding that had previously been promised to a municipality isn’t removed. Many town budgets are set and voted on between May and June for the year and cutting funding mid-year forces municipalities to essentially scrap many months of preparation and hard-work putting forth their annual budgets.

“Last year, Governor Malloy attempted to reduce almost $68 million dollars from the ECS program that was set for school districts all across our state, particularly this cut would have reduced millions in funding for our local schools in Bethel, Brookfield, and Danbury,” Rep. Harding said. “This money is designed to provide the necessary services our students require and such cuts would have had a disastrous impact on our schools and community.”

The ECS formula which is set by the legislature takes into account town wealth, student count with high need students, and other weighted factors in order to determine how much districts will receive on a per-pupil basis.

“I am proud to have co-sponsored legislation which prevents Governor Malloy or any governor from taking such action, our students deserve better,” Rep. Harding said.

The bill passed through the house on a 117-32 margin and will now head off to the Senate for a vote. The 2018 regular legislative session will conclude tonight at midnight.