What Happens If The State Doesn’t Pass A Budget? The Answer Is Deep Cuts For Schools (Education Connecticut)

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Connecticut’s General Assembly was unable to come to a budget agreement by the legislature’s June 30th deadline. The good new is, unlike places like New Jersey and Maine, we didn’t have a government shut down. Our state is still functioning because Governor Dannel P. Malloy signed an Executive Order Resource Allocation Plan.

Unfortunately, when it comes to schools, that is the only good news to report.

According to a recent CT News Junkie story, state leaders don’t seem to be nearing a deal. Which is a major problem, because that executive order is only a stop gap measure. If Connecticut legislators don’t pass a full budget before the state’s first payment to schools, it could mean deep cuts.

This is no joke — according to an analysis report published by the Connecticut School Funding Project, a non-profit that releases information on schools budgets, Gov. Malloy can’t raise revenues or appropriate funds outside of what’s allowed by state statute. The result is enormous cuts to education, including a $506 million projected cut to the state’s Education Cost Sharing Grant (ECS), the main grant that funds education.

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