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CTNewsJunkie: Towns Launch Campaign for More School Funding

Hugh McQuaid, CTNewsJunkie

April 27, 2023 - less than 1 minute

A lobby group for Connecticut towns and cities announced Thursday a month-long ad campaign meant to ratchet up pressure on Gov. Ned Lamont and the legislature to accelerate increases in state education support to municipalities.

The Connecticut Conference of Municipalities made a $100,000 ad-buy to run commercials on the state’s broadcast television networks and social media platforms. One TV spot describes an inequitable school funding system which relies too heavily on local property tax.

The campaign is meant to build support for legislation to boost education cost sharing grants by roughly $300 million more than their current funding levels. Last week, the legislature’s Appropriations Committee provided a $50 million increase over a proposal from the governor, but even that figure fell well short of the funding sought by towns and cities.

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