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Hamden gets $500,000 from state to build STEM Academy at high school
Post Chronicle – December 1, 2017
Hamden was awarded $500,000 in funding to build a Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics Academy at its high school. The bonding will be used for the renovation of existing classrooms with electrical and telecommunications updates. State Rep. Mike D'Agostino said this funding will have a lasting impact on Hamden's students and the community.

Lawmakers weigh in on state budget approval
WFSB-Face the State – October, 30, 2017
State Rep. Mike D’Agostino appeared on Face the State to discuss the state budget following its overwhelmingly bipartisan approval.

Current conundrum over school funding could be a harbinger of tougher budget battles ahead
The Hartford Courant - September 10, 2017
As the legislature continues to work to steady Connecticut’s financial footing, the way the state’s public schools are funded needs to be assessed to ensure students’ needs are being put first. The legislature needs to identify new ways to fund schools that are responsive to the state’s demographics.

Six Legislators: There is no ‘formula’
The Hartford Courant – August 8, 2017
Democratic legislators advocate for the legislature’s adoption of a fair school finance system for Connecticut.

D’Agostino discusses the State Employee Bargaining Agent Coalition agreement
WTIC, The Todd Feinburg Show – August 4, 2017
State Rep. Mike D’Agostino, who led the House of Representatives floor debate on the SEBAC agreement, discusses the labor concessions with Todd Feinburg on WTIC.

The state employee concession agreement is not just legal – it’s moral
The Connecticut Mirror - July 31, 2017
Under the SEBAC agreement, taxpayers are expected to save $24 billion over the next 20 years.

House sends labor agreement to senate
CTNewsJunkie - July 24, 2017
The Connecticut House of Representatives voted 78-72 in favor of a concessions deal that is expected to save state taxpayers $1.5 billion over the next two years.

Political climate makes for tough choice for Connecticut Democrats
The New Haven Register - May 8, 2017
During a forum held by Action Together New Haven, state Rep. Mike D’Agostino discusses how to cut costs, consolidate resources and fix the education cost sharing grant to address Connecticut’s fiscal woes.

Hamden lawmaker’s proposal eyes rules for DOT tree cutting
The New Haven Register – February 6, 2017
State Rep. Mike D’Agostino, a strong supporter of tree management, co-sponsored a bill that requires the state Department of Transportation to notify the House of Representatives’ Joint Committee on the Environment 120 days before it begins any work removing trees from state highways.

State legislators, education leaders talk future of Connecticut school funding
The New Haven Register – January 18, 2017
State Rep. Mike D’Agostino said the state's current Education Cost Sharing formula focuses on overall per capita wealth and instead should be modified to emphasize the student population and a municipality's financial ability to contribute to local education.