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Fact Check 2014: Did Malloy Cut Funding to Education?

by | May 20, 2014 5:30am () Comments | Commenting has expired | Share
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Republican gubernatorial candidate Tom Foley told WFSB’s Dennis House on Sunday that Democratic Gov. Dannel P. Malloy has cut funding to schools and municipalities during his tenure as governor.

“He’s pulled back spending on schools,” Foley told House.

It’s a statement he also made during his acceptance speech Saturday at the nominating convention.

Malloy’s “spending on schools has declined partly because he’s pulled back aid to schools, aid to towns, excuse me,” Foley told House. “. . . We have many schools in Connecticut that aren’t doing a good enough job. We have some 120,000 young people in schools not getting a decent education.”

According to the bipartisan Connecticut Conference of Municipalities, the state increased municipal aid by $92.5 million in 2012, which included a boost of $37.6 million in education funding. In 2013, municipal aid increased $93.6 million, which included an $87.7 million increase in education funding and a $5.9 million increase in non-education funding. In 2014, municipal aid increased by $100.7 million, which included a $99.2 million increase in education funding.

In the most recent budget for fiscal year 2015, the budget adds $48 million to the Education Cost Sharing grant and allocates an additional $20 million in funding for municipalities that lose revenue tied to tax-exempt property.

After being asked for further clarification about how he arrived at his conclusion, Foley said he’s looking beyond the raw numbers.

According to Foley, education spending as a percentage of the overall budget hasn’t grown as quickly as other spending, but he admits it has increased.

“Under Governor Malloy’s administration, state funding to public schools has been reduced as a share of the total budget,” Foley said in a statement Monday. “Specifically, spending on appropriations to the Department of Education has gone up by 10.5 percent from FY 2011 to FY 2015, while overall state expenditures grew by 16.7 percent from FY 2011 to FY 2015.”

But what Foley told House was that Malloy cut education and municipal spending. However, that’s certainly not the case when it comes to the last four years.

When talking about cuts in state government to specific line items, it means there is less money in that account than the year before, which makes Foley’s claim Malloy is cutting spending on education and local governments false or hokum.

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posted by: LongJohn47 | May 20, 2014  8:17am

Why should we be surprised?  Foley’s grip on the facts has always been shaky, and his regard for straight talk non-existent.

In the last election Foley said he would fix the $3.6 billion hole left by Rell without raising taxes—a patently ridiculous claim.

Last year he accused Malloy of corruption without a shred of evidence.  “I believe it’s true” was his response to questions from reporters.

Now he’s making another claim that’s clearly contradicted by facts—facts from reliable sources that even a junior researcher could find in fifteen minutes using the most basic search tools.

It’s one thing to get caught making a casual comment that later proves to be difficult to support.  It’s another to insert blatant lies into your convention acceptance speech and then repeat them on talk shows.

Foley should be embarrassed.  The Republican party should be embarrassed.  Both, however, seem to have doubled down.

It’s going to be a long, painful road to November, but I am looking forward to the debates.  Malloy will tear him apart.

posted by: art vandelay | May 20, 2014  9:12am

art vandelay

As much as it behooves me to say this, I have to agree.  Foley steps into quick sand every time he opens his mouth.  The Republicans have a pathetic field of candidates except for Mark Boughton.  Too bad he has zero name recognition.  Adam Lanza inadvertently sealed the fate of McKinney’s election chances with his gun vote.  McKinney was placed in a no win situation.  With the upcoming primary, the Republicans have ZERO chance of defeating Malloy.  In a way I’m sort of glad Malloy will win.  Within 2 years the state will be in such a financial mess it will have no choice but to file for bankruptcy.  One party rule will destroy this state.

posted by: GBear423 | May 20, 2014  9:18am


Not certain about the specifics, but there are mandates in any money connected to state or federal programs, perhaps the additional funds are mandated, and the discretionary funds were lowered??

posted by: Joebigjoe | May 20, 2014  9:58am

Do you know what I noticed? Christine and crew do a great job reporting the news and digging in to what’s going on now. Other local media is a joke compared to what they do here.

However, what I noticed is that the politicians and other people that benefit from certain politics and stories are very silent on their pet issues when the truth starts coming out, or if they want to deflect attention.

The VA story is the top story in the country right now. It’s horrific what this administration has done and the whistle blowers are coming out in droves now.

Do you see any CT politicians talking Obamacare right now? Any new heathcare news going on now or comments by Malloy, Larson, Blumenthal etc?

Of course not. That would shine even more light on what truly awaits America with government run healthcare. I dont see a few “friends” on this site saying one word about the arguments we had not even a month ago about healthcare where they held the VA up as a great model.

It’s not just heathcare but gun control too. Nothing gets said about gun control by these politicans when something occurs in this country when an innocent person is beaten or killed because bringing it up then would be met with even more resistance by people who can put two and two together. They’ll be all over it when the next crazy person shoots up a bunch of people though.

We have an American Marine with PTSD that took a wrong turn into Mexico and has been in prison there two months while at the same time we are releasing thousands of Mexicans who knew darn well where they were going, yet our government can’t make a phone call to say “let our person go.” yeah they really have our best interests in mind. I guess there havent been enough hashtags about that one yet!

Now this week it’s let’s talk education. It’s a safe discussion which has people take their focus off of what’s really going on in the state, the country and the world.

Foley doesnt need to lie, spin or misspeak to defeat this Malloy. If people cant see the direction this state is going then we deserve Malloy and more people will move in the next 4 years.

posted by: ctrocker | May 20, 2014  10:22am

You allow Foley’s accusations to go unchecked until the second to last paragraph, in which you finally call them “false.” What should be investigated is Foley’s specific role in the failed reconstruction in Iraq.

posted by: bob8/57 | May 20, 2014  10:32am


Republican primary voters still have the chance to save their party from the embarrassment of old fast and loose Foley.

posted by: robn | May 20, 2014  1:13pm

I don’t know why Republicans are flocking to Foley. McKinney seems like the only relatively sane possibility for the GOP.

posted by: DrHunterSThompson | May 20, 2014  2:46pm

Really now ...... To win all he basically has to do is not screw up, take the high road, and get Pelto some financing.

Looks like that’s just not possible, huh?

4 more years!


posted by: CitizenCT | May 20, 2014  3:01pm

In my town, when Malloy took office ECS funding covered 22% of the education costs.  Since then, ECS is flat but costs increase due to state rules on teacher salary arbitration, so now ECS covers only 19% of the costs.  While Foley’s words may have not been precise, it’s fair to say that for the vast majority of towns, the state covers a smaller percentage of education costs now.  Only the Democrat voting cities see an increase in education dollars.

posted by: RogueReporterCT | May 20, 2014  3:37pm


Given the substantive nature of education debates this year, it means little to talk about overall increases to the education budget if you are not prepared to break it down into district schools versus charter schools. Malloy critics are saying that he cut monies to traditional district schools, and it’s too easy a target to attack Foley on his imprecision. That is like competitive skiing on a bunny slope. Raise your game, guys (and gals).

posted by: Nutmeg87 | May 20, 2014  4:17pm

Hey….  Foley was Foley and he’s Foley now…

Malloy won by narrowest margins on an Obama coat tail…  Foley was Foley…

Good luck getting those Obama votes again… This time the emotional votes will come from the right after how the gun bill was steamrolled in…  And I’m sure the typical ambivalent independants are going to go out of their way and rush out to vote on this mid-term election for Malloy after his tax hikes, fiscal implosion and downright malaise in CT…

Hey even the GOP is so-so on Foley…  But this one-party destruction has to end before the other 50% that didnt imply they would leave CT changes their minds and we have Detroits all over this state….

posted by: redman | May 20, 2014  4:45pm

Fact check this:
The real median income in Connecticut is down 6% over the last 3 years.

posted by: LongJohn47 | May 20, 2014  5:34pm

Nutmeg - Malloy won in a Tea Party year when right-wing emotions were at a fever pitch and nobody knew Foley.

Now it’s clear that Foley’s an empty suit, while Malloy has had three plus years balancing budgets, making payments to the pension plan, creating an energy policy for the state—you know, actually governing.

I’ll say it again—when they get to the debates, Malloy will eat him alive.

posted by: DrHunterSThompson | May 20, 2014  6:35pm

But LJ47,

What if Pelto is in those debates? He is intellectual, has a command of many of the big topics: education, tax policy, small business, education, governance, labor issues, financing cities and towns, education. What then? Pelto will have the Guv on the defensive the entire debate and Foley could slip through the cracks.

Foley really should talk to some of his big $ friends and get Pelto financed.


posted by: Joebigjoe | May 20, 2014  8:08pm

Barack Obama won twice as the biggest liar in the history of this nations Presidents. There are 5 different scandals now and every single one of them he says he heard through the media.

If he can win, especially in 2012, then Foley can easily win against Malloy.

Why? Because if half the people in this state wish they could move then the person in charge will be held responsible. Add in a bunch of highly motivated gun owners from both parties and Malloy is toast.

I still think though that the switcheroo will take place in September when Malloy is down in the polls and gets a job in Washington, and Wyman will be our next Governor.

posted by: ctguy | May 20, 2014  8:57pm

This guy is a millionaire and he can’t comprehend a financial statement? I think this was a very calculated political message that just may be not true

posted by: NoNonsense2014 | May 20, 2014  9:27pm

Well, Foley did it again, didn’t he? Guess he still hasn’t learned that it is better to remain silent and be thought a fool than to speak and remove all doubt. Bye-bye Foley.

posted by: LongJohn47 | May 20, 2014  10:41pm

HST—agree that Pelto is smarter than Foley and in better command of the facts, thus would be a better debater and could give Malloy fits. 

But unless his new party is able to muster 7500 petition signatures, he won’t be on the ballot and therefore won’t be on the debate stage, either.

posted by: art vandelay | May 21, 2014  2:33am

art vandelay

My question is this, if Obama currently has 5 scandals which he is lying about, why hasn’t he been impeached.  In 1972 Watergate was pursued by two Washington Post reporters which resulted in Nixon’s resignation in August of 74. Why hasn’t Obama been forced to resign?  I think we all know the answers to that.  First he’s a Democrat whereas Nixon was a Republican and second!!!!!!

posted by: shinningstars122 | May 21, 2014  6:10am


>>>>According to Foley, education spending as a percentage of the overall budget hasn’t grown as quickly as other spending, but he admits it has increased.

This is what we get from the math genius private equity trader?

Look like old Tommy boy will be taking the high road…if he survives his primary.

posted by: shinningstars122 | May 21, 2014  6:21am


>>>>>Last year he accused Malloy of corruption without a shred of evidence.  “I believe it’s true” was his response to questions from reporters.

Explain point @Longjohn47 and where was the follow up by the media on any of this?

I am sure Dennis House never mentioned it.

I can’t wait to meet Foley in person at a town hall and grill him…it should not be too hard to accomplish that one.

@Joebigjoe what does your post have anything to do with education funding?

We can’t tie EVERYTHING to Obamacare contrary to what Jim Vicevich believes.

Wrong thread buddy.

How about instead you watch this excellent documentary from Frontline about US and corporate surveillance instead?

posted by: DrHunterSThompson | May 21, 2014  6:27am

LJ47,  I don’t think Pelto will need signatures if he is endorsed by a party - working families or Green Party for example.

posted by: art vandelay | May 21, 2014  8:02am

art vandelay

I happened to catch Foley on Brad Davis’s show this morning. God help the Republicans. If this is the best they have to offer Malloy is a shoe in. If Foley survives a primary which the Republicans would be foolish to have, my vote is for Malloy. I just want to watch the Democrats spend Connecticut into bankruptcy and totally destroy it. Maybe then and only then Democrats will wake up and see what they are actually doing.

posted by: One and Done | May 21, 2014  10:01am

Foley should know better.  Only Democrats are allowed to call less than fully requested increases cuts in spending.

posted by: Nutmeg87 | May 21, 2014  10:16am

I remember Pelto from his eary days post-Uconn late 1980s…  Very energetic, intellectual and quite the strategist…  Much more appealing than our AG that I believe won his first seat with Pelto’s help…

I know Malloy from his “stewardship” of my neighboring Stamford… His brother running the town’s golf course and his son’s drug-related arrest by Greenwich police in Stamford…  Quite the political machine, but always an empty shirt…  Balancing budgets you say?  The stock market rose well over 150%, $9 TRILLION DOLLARS of fiscal deficit spending by Obama, and our State has the HIGHEST DEBT per capita in nation????? Among highest state income tax in nation ???  Over 50% of residents want to leave (I bet its the 50% that pays the taxes)...  CT is at the polar opposite of a successful states like Texas…

Think the posts are correct…  its not about Foley….  Its ALL ABOUT MALLOY…  and this ridiculous anti-chocolate milk legislature (the highest departure rate since we started CT income tax)...  Foley is Foley…  Tea Party is history…  Just looking forward to BUSH 45…

posted by: LongJohn47 | May 21, 2014  12:19pm

HST—Working Families is not going to endorse Pelto because Malloy has really delivered for the working poor and a Pelto endorsement gives Foley the election. 

Don’t know about Green Party.  They are truly fringe and (unlike WFP) seemingly uninterested in actually pursuing power.

Pelto is talking about forming the “Education and Democracy Party” which needs 7500 signatures to get on the ballot. 

If he goes for public financing he needs to raise $250,000 in contributions of $5-100 with 110,000 CT residents participating.  That’s a huge (dare I say impossible?) task.

posted by: LongJohn47 | May 21, 2014  12:29pm

Art—Nixon obstructed a federal investigation and promoted a coverup of crimes that were conceived and directed from the Oval Office. 

He was going to be impeached and convicted by an overwhelmingly bipartisan majority.  It was Barry Goldwater who delivered the news, and Nixon—ever the political realist—resigned rather than face that humiliation.

You believe that Obama lied and should be impeached.  I believe that W lied about weapons of mass destruction and illegally spied on Americans and should be in jail.

Neither of us will get what we want.

posted by: Joebigjoe | May 21, 2014  2:40pm

Long John I would think you would have better command of the facts.

Nixon did not conceive of Watergate. He found out about it and tried to cover it up thereby obstructing justice. Obama and Holder have done far worse.

Obama has other people obstruct justice for him. Not one person fired over any of these scandals. I could give ten or twenty examples but I will give you just one.

He was outraged by the IRS scandal. Yeah right!! He told the American people that it it originated in the Cincinnati field office. That was not true but let’s give him the benefit of the doubt and say he was repeating what he was told. Now that we know that’s false information since Judicial watch had to sue to get documents turned over that the White House and IRS didnt want to relinquish why isnt anyone terminated for making the POTUS look like a liar. Maybe because he knew it was a lie? He was part of it and firing someone may get them to turn on him?  The list of possibilities is endless.

As for Bush how did he lie? He was told by the CIA that they had people leaving Iraq and telling them that Hussein had uranium and all kinds of other goodies. The CIA told Bush and all his people including Powell who went to the UN that certain buildings viewed from satellites were clearly housing WMD’s. Is Bush an expert in this. Hilary Clinton after looking at the same evidence voted for the war yet people lke you want to forget that.

Bush said Hussein had nerve gas. As the war was starting there was no shortage of tractor trailers fleeing for Syria. Lo and behold who has gassed their own people and seems to have a real lot of nerve gas that is much greater than anyone ever thought they had? Syria.

Doesn’t make the Iraq war right, but Bush has more integrity in his little finger than Obama ever will.

posted by: Joebigjoe | May 21, 2014  2:47pm

...answer…because the main stream media is not doing their job.

Today a reporter asked the lamest question about Obama and the VA to that lying shill spokesman Carney.

“Why hasn’t the President spoken before today?”

Give me a flipping break. That’s the best you got?

The head of CNN today Jeff Zucker said that their network was finding that all their coverage of global warming was really not of interest to their audience, so they would try to make the pieces more creative.

He also said that they wouldnt be covering Benghazi because there is nothing there. Really? Have they answered even one of Trey Gowdys questions that he has posed? Were they there? What about those people who were there that are not allowed to talk to Congress under the threat of losing their jobs or worse. What about documents that the White House is still refusing to turn over? If it embarrassed the Republicans in this bad year for Dems you can bet that they would release it.

Yet they cover MA 370 for a month.

posted by: Joebigjoe | May 21, 2014  2:53pm

Shining Star like I said it really doesnt. This is all a deflection of our country away from issues that matter.

Your link even talks about corporate surveillance. You ain’t seen nothing yet as to the data that will be mined about each and every one of us. It’s also the government doing it and once they get the feeds from corporate America we are screwed. We will be manipulated in ways out of a science fiction movie and fearful of any actions we take in our daily lives.

As I tried to say CT News Junkie accurately reports the news and does research on things we wont see elsewhere. I just think we have bigger fish to fry and be very very concerned about.

posted by: GBear423 | May 21, 2014  3:40pm


One and Done-  RIGHT?!!  I LOL’d that you called that out…. Malloy can say “hey look at the SURPLUS I created”, and he gets a pass, hell he even tries to buy votes with it…  They still call the fraction of what is not spent a “surplus”  Pathetic.

The fact check spotlight thing works great when its pointed at Republicans, they just switch it off when Dannel walks in front of it. On the account he is so great at governing and budgeting, he is just brilliant!!

posted by: art vandelay | May 21, 2014  4:22pm

art vandelay

I’m well aware of the facts surrounding Watergate and the resignation of Richard Nixon. What Obama is doing is FAR worse.

posted by: dano860 | May 22, 2014  8:32am

Whatever surplus they believe they have came on the backs of BONDING! Borrowing to achieve GAAP for instance, the whole claim is a scam.
They pull fast ones all the time, like slipping verbiage into the latest legislation implementer that DOESN’T guarantee ANY money to towns or cities from the casino’s. The original said that they all would get $135K per year, well that hasn’t happened in at least 10 years. They may have received 50% but now they will more than likely get NOTHING!

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