Democratic candidate for governor Ned Lamont who calls his Republican opponent Bob Stefanowski’s tax plan dishonest and devastating to public education asserts he will implement “the education funding formula as it was written–based on need–so we can address the disparities that are present in our educational system.” Lamont has promised to increase state education funding to Bridgeport schools as well as payments in lieu of taxes for tax-exempt city properties.
Ned Lamont, Democratic nominee for governor, today denounced his Republican opponent’s tax scheme that would force devastating cuts to education.
While Lamont is committed to investing in education to meet the needs of a 21st century workforce, Bob Stefanowski’s proposal would add an additional $9 billion to Connecticut’s deficit and would decimate funding for education statewide.
If elected, Lamont stated he would not make mid-year budget cuts to education and would champion a school system where all students have an opportunity to receive a top-tier education.
“We must foster learning environments where all students are given the opportunity to succeed. This starts with implementing the education funding formula as it was written–based on need–so we can address the disparities that are present in our educational system,” Lamont said. “The success of the economy is dependent on training our current and future generations. If elected, I would bring together businesses and schools to build upon efforts to create an education and workforce pipeline. By investing in education–not decimating funding–we can meet the needs of a 21st century economy and ensure there are Connecticut workers to fill Connecticut jobs.”
Many schools throughout the state are already underfunded and facing challenges in closing the achievement gap. If Stefanowski’s dishonest and unrealistic campaign promise becomes reality, it would prevent further investments in local education.
“Stefanowski’s proposal would have devastating effects on our children’s future and education. Nearly $1 billion in state aid that supports our local schools would be cut and about 8,600 teachers would be out of a job under his plan. Stefanowski deserves an ‘F’ for not only undercutting our children’s futures but for moving our state backwards and standing up for Trump values over Connecticut values,” Lamont said.