Rep. McCarthy Vahey, town officials meet with House Democratic leadership

Express concerns about educational cost sharing cuts to Fairfield

Rep. Cristin McCarthy Vahey (D-Fairfield) joined Fairfield First Selectman Mike Tetreau and Board of Education Chair Philip Dwyer on Thursday, April 21 for a meeting with House Speaker Brendan Sharkey (D-Hamden) and House Majority Leader Joe Aresimowicz (D-Berlin/ Southington).

The meeting was arranged to discuss concerns about Governor Malloy’s most recent proposed educational funding cuts to Fairfield. The proposal would eliminate education cost-sharing (ECS) grants to Fairfield, a loss of $3.5 million in funding.

“As the legislature prepares to vote on a final budget, tough decisions will be made to address the deficit of over $900 million.  Doing this by zeroing out ECS funds to our schools is not the right solution. These cuts would be particularly painful at this late stage of the town’s budgeting process, when there is little way to address or plan for such a large loss of funding,” said Rep. McCarthy Vahey. “I appreciate the Speaker and Majority Leader for taking time to meet with us, and hearing Fairfield’s voice in this process. I will continue to fight to bring home every dollar I can for Fairfield’s schools.”

“Rep. McCarthy Vahey is a strong, effective advocate for Fairfield, and she does a great job representing her community in Hartford,” said Speaker Sharkey. “Through efforts such as hosting her local leaders at the Capitol, Cristin continues to ensure that the needs and concerns of her town are being heard every day.”

“It was great meeting with the Fairfield town leaders today,” said Majority Leader Aresimowicz. “We understand their concerns and as we move forward in the final weeks of the legislative session, we will be working around the clock to find the necessary efficiencies and savings to balance the budget, without being unfair to our schools and towns.”

“We’d like to thank House Speaker Brendan Sharkey and Majority Leader Joe Aresimowicz for making time to meet in this busy and difficult session. We’re glad to join Rep. McCarthy Vahey in advocating for the needs of Fairfield residents and for a reasonable allocation of state aid to our town,” said First Selectman Tetreau and Board of Education Chair Dwyer in a joint statement. “We support all efforts to prepare a new proposal that protects town and city aid as much as possible.”

House Speaker Sharkey, Majority Leader Aresimowicz, and Rep. McCarthy Vahey meet with Fairfield town officials

House Speaker Sharkey, Majority Leader Aresimowicz, and Rep. McCarthy Vahey meet with Fairfield town officials

 

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