Connecticut Voices for Children has released a report that finds most of the education aid increases in Gov. Malloy’s budget proposal would come from cuts to town aid – particularly affecting Windsor, Windsor Locks, East Windsor, Bloomfield, and Bristol.
The report from the New Haven based think tank found that over two-thirds of the education cost sharing grant money in Malloy’s education funding proposal would come from cuts to municipal aid. The organization warns that those cuts could result in higher property taxes as cities and towns bear the burden. Rather than new state money, the report said, the additional ECS funds are a reallocation of grants that municipalities already are receiving.
“The proposed shifts from other municipal aid to education grants could distort local funding for education in ways that have little to do with the educational needs of towns or their capcaity to pay for education,” CT Voices said in a statement.