State’s largest teachers union to take legal action over governor’s executive order

Connecticut State representatives at the Capitol (AP Photo / Jessica Hill)

HARTFORD, Conn. (WTNH)– The state’s largest teachers union is taking legal action. It’s the latest round in the state budget battle.

Lawmakers are quickly running out of time to come up with a new budget deal. The governor giving them until Friday.

Legislative leaders will meet once again Wednesday. They’ve been doing so since Sunday. So far no compromise has been reached and it’s unlikely a vote will happen before next week.

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On Tuesday, lawmakers spent much of the day trying to reach a deal on school funding. Both sides agree that the executive order the governor is using right now to run the state is denying funds to dozens of towns, which has to be avoided.

As we just mentioned, the Connecticut Education Association is filing a lawsuit Wednesday. They are seeking an injunction against that executive order, which cuts $557 million in education funding from 157 cities and towns.

In addition to this, others are concerned about cuts to Medicaid with some of the budget proposals. Specifically for those who are elderly, disabled or covered under the husky insurance program.

“It’s more than 77,000 of us that are essentially being tortured. It’s terrifying, it’s painful,” said Elaine Kolb, West Haven.

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“My son needs to have numerous daily diaper changes, bed and tub baths, continuous suctioning to prevent aspiration,” said Pamela Hunt, Norwich.

Sources close to the budget talks tell News 8 that republicans and democrats are still pretty far apart to the tune of $100 million. But some are disputing that number.

For anyone who’s keeping track, today is day 103 without a budget

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