HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Gov. Dannel P. Malloy's new budget does not set aside new funds specifically earmarked to boost school security measures or mental health programs in light of the deadly school shooting in Newtown.
Danbury Mayor Mark Boughton said Wednesday he believes a special account must be created because school districts cannot afford to foot the bill for major security upgrades.
Task forces created by Malloy and the General Assembly are reviewing laws and policies affecting mental health, school security and guns. Lawmakers hope to vote a package later this month.
Malloy's chief of staff, Mark Ojakian (oh-JAY'-kee-an) said there is more money in the budget for mental health. There is also a grant that can be used for school security. He said those accounts can be increased after recommendations are made.