As the state continues to run without a budget, town aid is lost with each passing day. Recently, Governor Dan Malloy, who is currently running the state finances via executive order, proposed significant cuts to municipal aid across the state, particular in education funding. Malloy’s proposal erased all Education Cost Sharing grant funding to Darien and 84 other towns in Connecticut. The proposal shifted nearly 78% of state education aid to the 30 lowest performing districts in the state. On Wednesday, House Democrats unveiled their own budget proposal in response to the Governor, and the proposal would restore education aid for most of the state. Darien, however, once again would receive no ECS funding.
The budget from the House would take just $10 million of the $2 billion ECS pool and shift it to lower performing districts, which is a fraction of a percent rather than the 78% proposed by Malloy. However, 25 districts would still lose all their ECS funding, including Darien where the dollar amount was just over $400,000. Darien budgeted to receive no ECS funding at all in anticipation of a cut such as this, should this budget proposal move forward.