Opinion — Connecticut’s finances: Not a time to mince words


This is no time to mince words about Connecticut’s fiscal crisis. It is deep, serious, and affects everyone and everything: taxpayers, businesses, jobs, social services, infrastructure, K-12 schools, colleges and universities, towns and cities, hospitals, federal funding opportunities, and Connecticut’s reputation. Let’s be clear — it’s not new. The state’s finances have been precarious for several years. But now even … read more

Notes from the Board Table: Community involvement in budget discussions is vital


It seems that most of my conversations these days include discussion about the 2017-18 school operating budget. I have told anyone who will listen that in my eight years on the Board of Education, I have not seen a more perilous time for our schools, and that the threat of Board of Finance-mandated drastic cuts to the budget is very … read more

High school graduates with disabilities will have to wait for services


We are told there is a new budgetary reality in Connecticut. This is certainly true for nonprofit community providers like STAR, Inc., Lighting the Way, the leading Fairfield County provider affiliated with the state and national Arc movement. STAR provides a variety of services to people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD) and routinely deals with the budget cuts and … read more

State fiscal problems are Wilton taxpayers’ problems


Just as Wilton has begun developing our fiscal year 2018 budget, so have the Governor and the State Legislature. Facing an estimated $1.4-billion deficit in FY 2018 alone, last week Gov. Malloy presented his proposed budget. For Wilton his proposals mean a more than $1 million reduction in educational aid and a $4 million bill from the State teacher pension … read more

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