HARTFORD, Conn.(WTNH)– Governor Dannel Malloy says he’s taking an action that he hopes will not go into effect. It’s a new Executive Order in event state lawmakers fail to reach a budget agreement next month.
It’s a “Robin Hood” approach to school funding; helping the state’s needIest communities while cutting the funding for the state’s wealthier towns.
“To be clear this has never been my preferred path,” said Gov. Malloy in announcing a revised Executive Order he says he hopes will not go into effect. A plan that would cause education funding to 139 cities and towns to go down, and go up in the state’s 30 neediest communities.
Malloy said this plan moves funding to the districts that need it most.
It prioritizes education funding to our most vulnerable school systems, allocations for our ‘Alliance Districts’. Our communities with concentrated pockets of poverty and the highest student needs.”
Among the winners in the funding are New Haven, Waterbury, New London, Hartford and Bridgeport. Malloy adding, “Fifty-four districts will receive reduced funding and eighty-five districts that rely on state support the least for overall district funding will be zeroed out.”
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Among the education funding losers; Branford, Clinton, East Lyme, Guilford and Orange.” The Executive Order would also restore $40 million to the non-profit agencies that care for the state’s most vulnerable residents. Agencies that have already started closing down some of their services.
Senate Democratic leader Martin Looney said the plan would have a devastating effect on many districts. House Republican Leader Themis Klarides called the plan punitive; because the deepest cuts are targeted to towns and cities that show fiscal responsibility.
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House Democratic leader Matt Ritter of Hartford took a more moderate view of the plan saying, “He’s been very clear that he has limitations under the Executive Order. It’s our job to get a budget but I would say if your look at the towns that are cut they’re Democratic and Republican. My phone is ringing both from my side of the isle and the Republican side of the isle.”
It’s important to note here that Ritter represents the West End of Hartford. A community in the most financial difficulty and would make out the best under this plan.