Governor’s authority on education funding legally cloudy

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

HARTFORD, Conn. (WTNH)– Does the Governor have the legal authority to pick and chose who gets state education funding under his Executive Order in the absence of a state budget?

The Republican leader in the State Senate asked the Attorney General for an opinion and the AG says this issue is legally cloudy. Jepsen said a court decision on this “cannot be predicted with certainty.”

In addition, the state’s largest teachers’ union has asked the court to block the Governor’s Education funding plan with an injunction. The process of keeping the state going in the absence of a legislatively approved budget looks like it’s going to get even more messy.

The state constitution makes it clear that budget writing is up to the legislature.

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