MALLOY SETS BUDGET PRORITIES—CITIES AND TOWNS WILL GET THEIR EDUCATION FUNDING

Gov. Dannel Malloy tipped his budget hand a bit more and told the mayors of the state’s biggest cities as well as other local aid supporters that that there will be no cut in education funding to cities and towns. Many municipal leaders were fearing that Education Cost Sharing (ECS) might be pared back to help deal with the state’s nearly $4 billion budget deficit.

Malloy pledged to keep ECS funding at the same level despite the fact that federal stimulus money used to shore up ECS funding last year won’t be there this time around. Speaking to reporters after meeting the Hartford Mayor Pedro Segarra, New Haven Mayor John DeStefano and Bridgeport Mayor Bill Finch, Malloy simply said he will fill the hole left by the loss of stimulus money by making cuts elsewhere.

The local leaders feared any cut in ECS would result in local property tax increases if they wanted to maintain services, or cut said services. Malloy’s budget address is set for next Wednesday.