Zupkus Opposes Special Deal for Hartford

Posted on July 24, 2019 by jdooley


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Zupkus Opposes Special Deal for Hartford

HARTFORD- State Rep. Lezlye Zupkus (R-89) voted against a sweetheart school construction deal for the City of Hartford Monday in the legislature’s Special Session.

Normally, the state school construction bill passes without opposition but today many members including Rep. Zupkus objected to language giving Hartford additional reimbursement which was higher than is typically given to town school projects. The total amount of state funds in school construction for Hartford is $89 million.

“I could not support another bailout for Hartford, this time for new schools,” said Rep. Zupkus. “The taxpayers of the entire state are now on the hook again.”

Under the state school construction grant program, the state reimburses towns and local districts for a percentage of eligible school construction costs (with less wealthy towns receiving a higher reimbursement percentage). The towns pay the remaining costs.

The school construction bill included a provision that gives the City of Hartford a special deal where Hartford, and only Hartford, gets 95% reimbursement from the state to build new schools when other towns only get between about 30% to a maximum of 80% state reimbursement.