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Highlights of Conn. Gov. Malloy's budget proposal

Published on NewsOK Modified: February 6, 2013 at 6:47 pm •  Published: February 6, 2013

— Spends an additional $152 million over two years on the Education Cost Sharing grant to local school districts.

— Boosts funding for charter schools by $1.8 million in fiscal year 2014 and $8.4 million in fiscal year 2015. The budget calls for one new school in the first year and three new schools in the second year.

— Spends $40.7 million in each year to create the Governor's Scholarship program to provide merit and need-based aid to Connecticut students attending in-state public and private colleges or universities.

— Phases out state payments to acute care hospitals to help cover the cost of uninsured patients. Payments are cut in half in the first year of the budget and phased out entirely in the second year.

— Creates a State Department of Aging by transferring staff from a special unit on aging issues and the Office of the Long Term Care Ombudsman.

— Proposes spending $136 million in new capital funding to create or rehabilitate more affordable housing.

— Creates a new Office of Early Childhood to oversee early childhood initiatives. Proposal to cost $370,000.

— Adds at least eight new schools in fiscal year 2014 and at least nine more in fiscal year 2015 to the new Commissioner's Network, a program that helps struggling school districts come up with plans to improve student performance. Currently four schools are part of the network.

Source: Office of the Governor