ANSONIA - Gov. Dannel Malloy will be speaking at the Ansonia Public Library Monday, March 6 at 11 a.m.
He will be joined by Mayor David S. Cassetti, state Rep. Linda Gentile, state Sen. George Logan and Derby Mayor Anita Dugatto.
Monday’s engagement is in response to Mayor Cassetti’s call for a bipartisan effort to support the governor’s proposal to reallocate state spending on public education. The proposal would restore millions of dollars in need-based funding to Ansonia schools, thereby easing local taxpayers’ burden in a tight budget year.
“This year our public schools require $3 million in additional funding due to skyrocketing special education costs and the loss of state grants,” Cassetti said. “That’s three years of education increases at once — and it cannot be supported and sustained without significant budget cuts or a tax increase.”
Cassetti has vowed to fight for fair state education funding to avoid the “worst case scenario” of budget cuts or tax increases. “Our city has been shortchanged on millions in state education dollars for years,” Cassetti said. “Our residents deserve fair treatment from Hartford, and I commend Governor Malloy’s proposal to finally address the inequity that has disadvantaged Ansonia students and taxpayers for years.”
“Ansonia has only been receiving 70 percent of its need-based funding,” Cassetti went on. “At the same time, wealthier communities have received 150 percent to over 200 percent of their funding. That’s not right, and we will fight to change it.”
The governor’s visit will be followed later in the month by a town hall meeting with Rep. Gentile and Sen. Logan. The town hall meeting will take place at Ansonia High School March 13 from 6:30 to 8 p.m.
(This is a press release from Mayor Cassetti's office)