Greenwich delegation decries Governor’s proposal to cut ECS funding

Connecticut State Representative Livvy R. Floren

Connecticut State Representative Livvy R. Floren

State Representatives Livvy Floren (R-149) Mike Bocchino (R-150), Fred Camillo (R-151) decried the Governor’s proposal to completely cut Greenwich’s Education Cost Sharing (ECS) funds.

The Governor released his updated budget proposal at around 3:30 p.m. on Tuesday, April 12 outside of his office. Under his updated budget proposal, Greenwich went from receiving a recommended amount of $3,037,524 in ECS funding to $0 for 2016-2017.

“We must keep in mind that this is only a proposal, but it is unfair to the town of Greenwich because they have already planned their budget around receiving the $3,037,524 in funding,” said Rep. Floren.

State Representative Mike Bocchino (R-150)

State Representative Mike Bocchino (R-150)

“I understand that we are in a dire fiscal crisis and that tough decisions need to be made, however I cannot support such a drastic cut in ECS funding when the town has already budgeted under the assumption that we will be receiving the funds. We will continue to work with our colleagues and to fight for the taxpayers that would be called upon to make up for this funding cut with additional taxes,” said Rep. Camillo.

State Senator Scott Frantz (R-Greenwich)

State Senator Scott Frantz (R-Greenwich)

“This proposal would create a significant gap in our Town’s budget.  I remain committed to finding a solution with other members of the legislature to address this inequitable cut to our town,” said Rep. Bocchino.

Other towns in Fairfield County were also completely cut including Darien, Fairfield, and New Canaan.

The 2016 Legislative session adjourns at 12 a.m. on May 4.

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