Wednesday, the Governor presented his proposed FY 2018-19 state budget.
It contains a 4% cut to the Connecticut State Colleges and Universities (CSCU).
It assumes labor savings totaling $700 million in FY 2018 and $867.6 million in FY 2019. (These are expected savings in healthcare and pension benefits that HAVE NOT been agreed to by SEBAC.)
It states that if labor savings are not achieved, it assumes the savings in layoffs, which “equates to approximately 4,200 full-time positions and associated fringe benefits,” including 430 positions at CSCU (Community Colleges, Connecticut State University, Charter Oak State College, and the Board of Regents).
These proposals are a starting point for months of debate. Keep in the mind that the composition of the General Assembly is more balanced than it has been for many years, which means we can expect lively debates.
There are many actions being planned, but we strongly encourage you to attend our Lobby Day on Friday, March 31. Please save the date and plan to attend. We need a large turnout to tell our legislators that these proposals are unacceptable. More information to come!