The state’s messy budget situation is causing havoc for cities and towns. In lieu of a state budget Governor Dan Malloy’s executive order decides funding levels. Under that scenario Bridgeport will lose millions in state aid, as the CT Mirror reports:
In the absence of a state budget, Gov. Dannel P. Malloy has spared Connecticut’s most impoverished communities from losing their largest education grants, but there are plenty of other lesser grants these towns rely on that will be decimated or scaled back under his executive orders.
>And they add up.
Education grants that help municipalities fund specific things will be collectively cut nearly $65 million throughout fiscal year. These are money for things like after-school and summer programs, longer school hours, reading tutors, English classes for foreign-speaking parents and supports for students with children of their own. Last fiscal year, three-quarters of the funding for these smaller grants that are now targeted for cuts went to the state’s 30 lowest-performing districts.
Bridgeport stands to lose an estimated $8 million throughout this fiscal year–a 3 percent cut in overall state education aid. Hartford and New Haven could each lose an estimated $7 million, Norwalk $5 million and Waterbury $4 million. (See town-by-town here.)
Full story here.