Malloy: GOP budget is one ‘hot mess’

Governor Malloy talks about the state budget. (WTNH/ Kevin Pflaumer)

EAST HARTFORD, Conn. (WTNH)– In a continued push to justify his anticipated veto of the House and Senate passed Republican budget plan; Governor Malloy visits a middle school in East Hartford to say that the local education funding formula in that budget won’t hold up to a court challenge.

The Governor’s office says there was no need to restore local education funding to communities like Greenwich.

The Governor and Democratic leaders of the Assembly want to restore some of the funding to local towns but give the largest amounts to “Alliance Districts” with the most need like New Haven, Hartford, and Waterbury.

The Governor’s Executive Order makes drastic cuts to over 100 communities. The Democrats’ plan would have restored most but not all of that in order to help the “Alliance Districts.”

At a news conference Wednesday afternoon, the Governor called the Republican plan “one hot mess”, that would roll back everything his administration has done for education since 2012.

The Governor said has has started meeting with leaders from both parties, but not together in the same room. Malloy said that he can’t justify increasing aid to towns like Salisbury and Greenwich at the expense of Hartford, New Haven, and Waterbury.

News 8’s Mark Davis has a full report on the state budget crisis coming up on News 8 at 6:00.

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