Posted on June 29, 2018 by jdooley
HARTFORD – State Representative Michael Ferguson (R-138) applauded the House of Representative’s decision to override Governor Malloy’s veto of Public Act (PA) 18-35, An Act Prohibiting the Executive Branch from Making Rescissions or Other Reductions to the Education Cost Sharing Grant During the Fiscal Year. The bill was taken up in the Senate, but did not secure the necessary votes to override the veto.
“I am extremely disappointed the General Assembly did not fully support a vote to override the governor. New Fairfield and surrounding communities need predictably and reliability when they write their town budgets. Proposing mid-year cuts to education after local budgets are set and voted on by the town are unfair to the taxpayers of that community,” said Rep. Ferguson.
Following its initial passage in the House and Senate, the governor vetoed the bill earlier this month. While Republicans in the House and Senate voted in favor of the override, several Democrats in both chambers voted to uphold the veto. In the Senate, the nays were able to prevent a two-thirds majority in favor of an override, even though the bill was passed 36-0 in May.
In December 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 and possible staff layoffs, increases in class size, or cuts to programs.