With only seven hours left before the legislative session closes tonight, a balanced budget is still out of reach. Governor Rell, Democrats, and Republicans have all crafted budget proposals this winter and spring trying to close a huge budget deficit. The legislature’s nonpartisan Office of Fiscal Analysis has pegged the deficit at $8.7 billion.
In the two budget documents she has released, Governor Rell proposed slashing programs and services by a total of nearly $3 billion. Democrats have said Rell’s proposed cuts shred social services and vital programs for citizens. The governor, legislative leaders, and capital reporters spoke about the budget crisis this morning on WNPR’s Where We Live.
As the legislature goes into special session tomorrow, CEA will continue to push for a budget that is built on a realistic revenue stream – through progressive taxation – to help fund local public schools. The goal is a state budget that will sustain public schools through the severe recession and leave education on a solid foundation when the crisis has passed.