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State Cuts Budget by $170 Million to Battle Deficit

Social services, education see the biggest cuts.

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy is cutting $170 million from the state budget – the maximum amount allowed without requiring legislative approval – in order to combat the state’s $365 million projected deficit in the current fiscal year. 

The Office of Policy and Management released a nine-page list of the cuts. Some of the biggest items from the list include: 

  • $33 million reduction in fringe benefits for employees, mostly from the “state employees health services” line item
  • $21 million from the Department of Developmental Services
  • $7.8 million from the Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services
  • $32.2 million from the Department of Social Services
  • $14.4 million from state colleges, split between community colleges and state universities
  • $18.3 million from the Department of Children and Families  

Exactly how the cuts will impact the departments remains to be seen. 

“There is no one reason for the projected shortfall,” said OPM Secretary Ben Barnes in a written statement. “The sluggish national economy is part of the equation.  Revenue hasn’t recovered as it has in the past when Connecticut was working to climb out of a recession. The demand for services, particularly Medicaid, remains higher than expected. But we have faced larger challenges than this, and done so responsibly. Nothing on that front has changed.” 

The full list of cuts are attached to this article.

Leoj November 28, 2012 at 10:55 PM
Not even half the amount needed to be cut ... This year.
Leoj November 28, 2012 at 11:02 PM
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COSMO P November 30, 2012 at 11:06 AM
Their is an up side. Our state funded side walks will be adorable.
paul d. November 30, 2012 at 01:29 PM
Our state government is pathetic. Yet we keep electing the same people back each time we get a chance. One has to wonder why we keep doing this to ourselves. Our legislature is ruled by democrats who can't say no, a minority party that is content to pass the blame and collect paychecks, and a governor who resembles a deer in the headlights. In about two years, we get to vote again. Want to guess what our existing candidates will campaign on - experience! Disgusting.
COSMO P November 30, 2012 at 05:15 PM
The no layoff clause Malloy promised the unions and signed it to their by laws should be interesting at best.

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