Rep. Dunsby and Sen. Hwang Vote to Override Governor’s Veto of Bill Preventing Mid-Year Cuts

Posted on June 28, 2018 by rjoslyn


HARTFORD – State Representative Adam Dunsby (R-135) voted on Monday to override Governor Dan Malloy’s veto of a bill prohibiting future governors from making cuts to education aid in the middle of a fiscal year. State Senator Tony Hwang (R-28) also voted to override the veto in the Senate.

Although there was enough support in the House on a 103-33 vote margin to override the governor’s veto, the override effort failed to achieve 2/3rd support in the Senate and was unsuccessful, meaning Governor Malloy’s veto will stand.  The legislature also failed to override vetoes on several other pieces of legislation that passed this year when Senate Democrats sided with Governor Malloy.

Public Act 18-35 was legislation intended to prevent a Connecticut governor from withholding Education Cost Sharing funds promised to a municipality for the school year, and was a key priority for Rep. Dunsby and Sen. Hwang.

“Never before has a Connecticut governor used his executive authority to withhold money promised to schools in the middle of a school year,” said Rep Dunsby. “This act said nothing about the amount of funding a town receives, just that once an amount had been promised and relied upon it could not be changed in the middle of the school year. I was glad the House overrode the governor’s veto on a bipartisan vote, though disappointed the Senate did not do the same. If the state can’t provide the aid it once did, it should at least provide our towns predictability.”

“Rep. Dunsby and I spoke with one voice on behalf of Easton and Weston’s educators, children and families,” said Sen. Hwang.  “I was proud to stand with Rep. Dunsby on this crucial funding issue.  At the same time, I was bitterly disappointed that despite our votes to override the governor’s ill-advised veto, they were not enough to get it to the finish line in the State Senate.  That’s truly a shame.  This bill would have created stability and predictability for our towns and local schools beyond the current budget.  I can promise Easton and Weston taxpayers this:  I am not deterred, and I will continue to stand with Rep. Dunsby in support of common sense policies like this one.”

All seven of the governor’s vetoes were sustained in a special session of the General Assembly on Monday.