Conn. Legislature: 2012 Session Opens With Malloy Proposing Education Reform, Pension Funding Changes

Friday, February 10, 2012

Gov.Dannel P. Malloy opened the 2012 legislative session Wednesday with plans for education reform, pension funding changes and the largest increase in funding for affordable housing since Gov. William A. O'Neill was in office more than 20 years ago.

The plans require multiple changes in the state budget, including $329 million in new funding and $120 million in spending cuts in a proposed budget of $20.729 billion for the fiscal year that starts in July.

Malloy did not highlight any of the cuts in his second State of the State Address, but his budget summary shows that $4.8 million would be cut from the Connecticut Independent College Student grant that goes to students at in-state private colleges like Quinnipiac University in Hamden and Goodwin College in East Hartford. The cuts also include $629,000 from the Capitol Scholarship Program, while a separate category with nearly $30 million to aid students in public colleges would not suffer any cuts.

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