Bridgeport officials: State under-funding city by millions

On the one hand the months-long effort to ensure reimbursement for the beleaguered, $129 million Bassick High School appears to have reached a positive conclusion, with language in the draft state budget covering nearly 79 percent of the total price tag But City Hall also learned that $1.8 million Mayor Joe Ganim had counted on in state aid to balance the draft, $605.1 million municipal fiscal plan he forwarded to the council in early April is not going to materialize and the state is preparing to allocate the city millions less than it is providing New Haven and Hartford. After Bassick failed to make Connecticut’s school construction priority list in December, local lawmakers, including state reps. Antonio Felipe and Steven Stafstrom succeeded in January in getting Bassick reinstated. That led to the 79 percent reimbursement mentioned in the state budget that members of the General Assembly hope to pass before that body adjourns at midnight Wednesday.

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