CEA President Sheila Cohen today sent a letter to legislators explaining why teachers oppose the teacher payroll tax in the latest budget proposal.
Some legislators have been telling teachers the increased pension contribution is not a tax. Read the letter below to understand why it is, in fact, a tax—a tax that unfairly targets teachers.
Then click here and contact your legislators.
I am writing to express my appreciation for your work this session under very difficult budgetary circumstances. CEA also appreciates the work that leadership in both parties have invested into the tentative bipartisan budget agreement.
You may question why CEA opposes the increase in the teacher payroll tax from six to seven percent. That is a fair question, and I want to share with you facts about the payroll tax increase so that we are all on the same page. Read more
Thousands of teachers are emailing their legislators about the teacher tax in the latest state budget proposal. Please click here and join them.
Then read a statement from CEA President Sheila Cohen and watch why your colleagues say the teacher tax is unfair.
STATEMENT FROM CEA PRESIDENT SHEILA COHEN ON TEACHER TAX
Teachers stand together, unequivocally opposed to a teacher tax. It will not help balance the state budget and can and must be eliminated.
Over the years, the state has not fully funded or paid its share of the teacher retirement plan— which, at 4.56%, is less than what teachers have contributed for decades. It is unfair to punish teachers with an increase in the payroll tax to pay a portion of the state’s share.
Some legislators are saying the increase in the teacher retirement payroll tax is not a tax increase. Of course it is a tax increase! Teachers should not be punished for the state’s mistakes.
Teachers do not receive Social Security and are dependent on their retirement fund. Legislators must keep their promise to teachers, who have fully funded their fair share of teacher retirement for decades.
Legislative leaders have a new budget proposal, and once again it targets teachers with an unnecessary and unfair tax. We need you to contact your legislators today and tell them to keep their promise to teachers.
Click here to contact your legislators.
Tell legislators to remove the teacher tax from the budget before voting on it next week.
- This is an unfair tax targeting teachers.
- The tax on teachers will not help balance the state budget and can and must be eliminated.
- Teachers should not have to pay for the state’s mistakes.
Click here to also contact the House and Senate leaders.
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CEA Executive Director Donald Williams was interviewed by Channel 30 about the injunction CEA, Torrington, and Brooklyn are seeking against the state.
The Connecticut Education Association today announced it is seeking an injunction to prevent Governor Malloy from implementing his executive order and cutting $557 million in education funding to cities and towns. If allowed to proceed, these cuts would leave school budgets across the state out of balance. This would severely jeopardize school districts’ ability to provide quality education, thereby shortchanging Connecticut students’ futures. Read more