Governor Rell’s deficit mitigation plan includes cuts in state aid to Connecticut’s cities and towns. WNPR’s Diane Orson reports on how the proposed cuts could affect local education.
Education is the largest service that cities and towns provide. So if Governor Rell’s proposal to slash $84 million to municipalities goes through, it will not be good news for public schools, says Kevin Maloney, spokesperson for the Connecticut Conference of Municipalities.
"You could see needed staff not being hired. You could see education accounts being frozen for the remainder of the year. Services that were planned for the spring being curtailed."
State funds currently make up about 40% of the cost of public education. Federal stimulus funds helped to prevent some education cuts this year, but wouldn’t help in this case. State money is needs-targeted, so if the state cuts dollars, urban centers and older first-ring suburbs could be hit hardest. Maloney says because towns have already allocated the money in their municipal budgets, residents could expect to see their local property taxes go up.
For WNPR, I’m Diane Orson.