Legislators worked up to the end of the session before reaching a budget agreement. The sticking point: Attacks on collective bargaining. CEA members and staff were able to help defeat efforts to take away rights to bargain for wages, benefits, and working conditions.
The budget bill created some big wins:
- Increases town aid by $90 million with most going to ECS, beginning July 1, 2018.
- Adds $16 million for the Retiree Health Insurance Fund. For the first time in many years, the state is fully funding its share to this critical fund.
- Restores TEAM funding for new teacher mentoring.
Unfortunately, despite our best efforts, lawmakers were unable to compromise on repealing the 1% payroll tax on teachers.