CCM: Connecticut Education Funding Lags by $763 Million

The lobbying group for towns wants the state to limit education mandates and increase education aid.

The state’s main lobbying group for towns is urging Connecticut lawmakers to increase education funding to ease property tax burdens in communities.

In a report issued Tuesday the Connecticut Conference of Municipalities said the state is underfunding local education mandates by $763 million this year alone.

CCM is gearing up for the next session of Connecticut’s General Assembly, which begins early in 2013, where it will push lawmakers to increase state aid for education.

In a press conference yesterday at the state capitol, Jim Finley, CCM’s executive director, said the state has “chronically underfunded” education grants to towns for years, forcing local communities to increase property taxes to pay for schools.

CCM’s lobbying efforts this year will be twofold; It wants the state to back off some education mandates that are not being properly funded and it wants the state to increase education funding overall to towns.

"Municipalities across Connecticut have had to divert resources from non-education local public services in order to pay for the increasing costs of education because the state has not kept its funding bargain with school districts and with property taxpayers," the Stamford Advocate quotes Finley as saying.

Rob November 16, 2012 at 01:43 PM
If the state increases funding the money has to come from somewhere. I'd rather have my property taxes go up rather than sales and income tax. Atleast that way my money goes to my town. Otherwise the state will spend it wherever they like.
George November 16, 2012 at 04:56 PM
I find it interesting that the town that I live in, who actually provides me with services, receives the smallest amount of my tax dollars. The most of it goes to the Federal Government, who like Robin Hood, dole it back out and all the while pat themselves on the back for all of the good they feel that they're doing. The state of CT then takes the 2nd most, and then with the same Santa Claus mentality gift it back to the towns that they feel are the most deserving.. It's completely backwards from the way it should be.


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