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Linares Applauds MDR Passage

Submitted by Adam Liegeot.

Linares: Passage of MBR Bill Will Help Taxpayers

Sen. Art Linares (R-Westbrook) today applauded the Connecticut State Senate’s passage of legislation to increase flexibility for towns to reduce their minimum budget requirement (MBR) due to a drop in student enrollment.

The bill, which now heads to the governor, relaxes current rules that strictly limit towns’ ability to cut spending in their education budgets.

“This legislation will help provide relief to taxpayers,” Linares said.  “Connecticut’s current law requires each school district to budget the same amount for education as it did in the previous fiscal year. Under the current regulations, the state can assess a penalty in its funding for districts that spend less than their previous year’s education budget by more than half of 1 percent. The new formula in this bill includes a new way to calculate the per student decrease and it raises the percentage of the overall budget that can be reduced due to declining populations.”

Linares represents Chester, Clinton, Colchester, Deep River, East Haddam, East Hampton, Essex, Haddam, Lyme, Old Saybrook, Portland, and Westbrook.

Detailed information on the bill can be found here.