Now that the Democratic majorities in the General Assembly have ratified Governor Malloy’s “concessions” deal with the state employee unions, they figure that they have saved so much money for state government that they can go back to raising taxes.
The tax Democratic legislators most favor raising is the sales tax, since to most people it is less noticeable than the state income tax and since the governor is believed to object less to raising the sales tax now that the income tax seems to be encouraging more departures from Connecticut.
But in the meantime the legislature is five weeks late with the state budget, the governor is allocating money by executive order and wants to divert school money from prosperous towns to poor ones, the resumption of school is only days away, and some school systems, not knowing how much money they will get from the state, are preparing to lay off teachers.
While the governor’s reallocation of school money is resented as arbitrary, the Democratic majorities in the legislature have defaulted. Besides, the bigger problem with the governor’s plan is its false premise — that school spending largely determines educational outcomes. Everyone in authority in Connecticut, not just the governor, has conducted educational policy according to that false premise since the state Supreme Court articulated it in its decision in Horton v. Meskill in 1977.
So for 40 years Connecticut has poured more money into the schools of poor cities and towns only to change nothing except their cost, because the main…
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