State Rep. Mike D'Agostino discusses the two-year $41.3 billion budget that was passed with overwhelmingly bipartisan support on WFSB's "Face the State."
Following months of negotiations, the Legislature overwhelmingly approved a bipartisan spending package that ends our state's budget stalemate. This $41.3 billion two-year plan, which now heads to the governor's desk for approval, will help close a projected $3.5 billion deficit over the next biennium by committing to significant structural reforms.
Each year, more than $2 billion in state education aid is distributed to towns and cities through entirely arbitrary block grants. There is no strategic approach that reflects the state's priorities, the needs of students or what cities and towns can afford. There is no "formula." That's why the way the state distributes school aid is now in the courts. It is the responsibility of the legislative branch, working with the executive branch, to adopt a fair school finance system for Connecticut.
As the legislature continues to work to steady Connecticut’s financial footing, the way the state’s public schools are funded needs to be assessed to ensure students’ needs are being put first. In an interview with The Hartford Courant, state Rep. Mike D'Agostino said it is the legislature's responsibility to adopt a fair school finance system for Connecticut.
The state House of Representatives took a significant step toward solving Connecticut's fiscal crisis by securing a crucial piece of the budget puzzle -- ratifying a concessions deal that is expected to save taxpayers $1.5 billion over the next two years.
State Rep. Mike D'Agostino, D-Hamden, led passage of House Bill 6123, which would provide more oversight over the tree removal work being completed by the state Department of Transportation on Connecticut's highways.