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Reps. Staneski & Ferraro Vote to Protect Education Funding

Posted on June 27, 2018 by jdooley


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HARTFORD – State Rep. Pam Staneski (R-119) and Charles Ferraro (R-117) expressed extreme disappointment after attempts to override Governor Dannel P. Malloy’s veto of a bi-partisan proposal on local education funding was thwarted by Democrat lawmakers’ who refused to stand up to Governor Malloy and override his veto. 

The House was able to override the governor’s veto on HB 5171 – An Act Prohibiting the Executive Branch from Making Rescissions or Other Reductions to the Education Cost Sharing Grant During the Fiscal Year, but the State Senate effort to override was defeated by 5 votes even though that same bill passed 36-0 in the spring. 

“Stopping the governor’s mid-year cuts to our state education grant was a widely popular proposal in the General Assembly and amongst residents. The purpose of the bill was to create local budget stability and predictability for our towns and local schools and stop the rug from being pulled out from under them,” Rep. Staneski said. “Today’s vote was a vote to protect our Milford and Orange taxpayers from a vindictive governor who seems to pick on municipalities who have well-run communities.”

“Governor Dan Malloy or any governor shouldn’t have the ability to make devastating cuts to local school districts that have already budgeted for their school year,” said Rep. Ferraro. “The governor should always be working with the legislature on the budget. We need to provide our school districts, teachers, parents, and students with a predictable and sustainable funding stream for education.”

In November of 2017, Governor Malloy proposed using his executive authority to make additional, unanticipated, and devastating ECS cuts to our towns that would have had negative consequences on student learning due to staff layoffs, increases in class size, and cuts to programs.