Today, Governor Malloy reaffirmed his decision to veto the budget that passed this weekend, which contains a number of anti-teacher, anti-union proposals that would impact our students, our profession, and our schools. We support the veto of this budget for the reasons below and are calling on legislators to convene immediately to create a real bipartisan budget that invests in public education and creates a reliable revenue stream to fund education.
If signed into law, the budget passed this weekend would:
- Impose a $1,500* tax on teachers, in the form of a 2% increase in teachers’ contributions to their retirement ( *average amount; actual number would be higher or lower according to salary ).
- Eliminate the minimum budget requirement that governs what towns must spend on education.
- Allow the retired teachers health insurance fund to go bankrupt by no longer requiring the state to pay one-third of the cost each year.
- Cut education funding to some of our poorest districts, including Bridgeport, New Haven, and East Hartford.
- Allow schools and towns to use volunteers for town and school services.
- End collective bargaining for state employees’ pensions, imposing changes in their pensions after 2027 when the current labor agreement expires, and start counting those savings in the proposed biennial budget.
This budget and the one proposed by the Democrats, which included the cost shift for teacher retirement onto cities and towns, put our public schools and Connecticut’s future at risk.
We are calling on legislators to convene immediately to craft a true bipartisan budget that:
- Supports students and teachers and invests in public education.
- Creates a sustainable system to fund education, including closing tax loopholes and ending unnecessary tax subsidies.
- Eliminates waste and inefficiencies in state programs and services.
In the coming days we will be providing you with more information regarding the budget situation and will ask you to once again contact your legislators and urge them to come together to do what’s right for Connecticut—pass a budget that works for all of us and invests in our public schools. Please watch for our emails and take action when the time comes.