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While the system’s Board of Regents has predicted a 10% drop in enrollment at its four universities, “The preliminary numbers we’re seeing have been better than that,” Mark Ojakian said. “We’re hopeful that no institution hits that 10% mark.”
"There are many new members in the General Assembly this year, so we have to educate them about our system and what we do," says Ojakian of the organization that's weighing a variety of tuition scenarios for the 2019-20 school year.
Before joining the Connecticut Office of Policy and Management, Barnes was the operating officer for the Bridgeport Public Schools.
Gov.-elect Ned Lamont is inheriting an estimated budget deficit of $1.73 billion for fiscal 2020.
Among those voting against the proposal was State Sen. L. Scott Frantz, who said that by revisiting tolls, the governor “has ignored the will of the legislature, and ultimately ignored the will of the Connecticut taxpayer.”
“The jobs created by these projects and the infrastructure enhancements will not only benefit us in the short term, but for generations to come,” said Office of Policy and Management Secretary Ben Barnes.
“These numbers are disappointing but not unexpected," said Senate President Pro Tempore Martin M. Looney and Senate Republican President Pro Tempore Len Fasano in a joint statement.
$2.2 million was awarded to the Capitol Region Council of Governments to acquire high-resolution aerial imagery and precise elevation data for the entire state.
Cuts in education grants across the county range from $1.3 million in Greenwich to $$34,351 in Sherman.
Projects in Danbury, New Canaan and Westport are among those receiving a total of nearly $11 million in funding.