Senator Kissel Supports State Budget Agreement

May 1, 2006

Cites Significant Additional Special Education Money for 7th District Communities

State Senator John A. Kissel (R-Enfield) today voted in favor of a compromise state budget plan that makes adjustments to the 2006-2007 biennium budget. State House Bill 5845 passed the state Senate today 35-1 and the state House of Representatives 138-9 last night and now awaits a signature from Governor M. Jodi Rell, who has indicated that she will sign the bill. Senator Kissel specifically noted the additional state funding for special education that each of the seven towns in his district will receive.

“After reviewing the budget bill, one of the major items that stood out was the additional funding that will be put towards special education. Our towns and taxpayers surely deserve this additional special education funding to help meet their specific local needs,” explained Senator Kissel. “With special education costs rising, our local communities need as much assistance as the state can provide.”

All seven towns in Senator Kissel’s district received additional special education funding.

“Thanks to this legislation, Enfield will receive $269,636 in additional special education money, the town of Windsor will receive $159,164, Somers will receive $117,918 and Windsor Locks will get $59,208. In addition, Suffield will receive $39,801 in additional special education funding, East Granby $35,840, and Granby $29,274,” said Senator Kissel.

Senator Kissel is a Deputy Minority Leader and is currently serving his seventh term representing the seventh district.