TORRINGTON, Conn. (WTNH) — Without a state budget in place, how bad are things for the cities and towns?
It looks like the Governor is going to need a lawyer.
The executive director of the Connecticut Education Association says Governor Malloy is breaking the law and that the group is going to take him to court. Donald Williams says Gov. Malloy does not have the authority during the lack of a budget to cut this funding.
“We are hoping to have this in court in the very near future, the next week or 10 days or thereabouts,” Williams said. “Because we feel that our towns and our schools and our school children can’t wait.”
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As the budget stalemate continues at the capital, the money has dried up and some towns are talking about laying off 500 teachers while others are discussing closing schools. Williams says parents, teachers and students are angry and scared.
“People want to come forward and say enough is enough!” he explained. “Let’s not let our schools and the education of our children be a political football!”
Williams says now that the ball has started rolling, other cities and towns across the state are joining in.
In Torrington, the council voted unanimously Monday night to join the legal action saying they can’t take this kind of hit.
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The first check has already come in from the state. It was supposed to be for $7 million, but they only got $2 million.
Mayor Elinor Carbone says drastic actions are going to have to be to be taken.
“We had a member of the board of education at the city council meeting last night. While he didn’t speak about the number of teachers that would be laid off, he did speak that even if they were to close the high school and the middle school, it still wouldn’t cover the $20 million,” she stated.
News 8 reached out to the Governor’s office, but has not heard back.