HARTFORD, Conn. (WTNH) — Governor Malloy says, “we are marching down the road to get ready for what is inevitable.” He’s talking about thousands of layoff notices going out this month and News 8 has an exclusive look at those numbers as we now know how many state employees have chosen to retire.
The Governor visited another prison today to tout his ‘Second Chance’ initiatives. News 8 has learned that of the 6,000 Department of Correction employees, 700 qualify for retirement, but only 100 applied. The State Comptroller says a total of 360 state employees applied in all. That’s many more than in a normal year. There are currently 280 vacancies in state government for a total of 640. According to the numbers crunchers at the Capitol, that’s only about 50 million in savings (Projections for the next budget year deficit are in the range of $900 million.)
“We’re marching down the road to get ready for what is inevitable, and that is further budgetary reductions in the workforce,” said the Governor today.
So, just how many more jobs will it take to achieve the hundreds of millions that Malloy must have to balance the books next year?
Here’s an exclusive look at the grim numbers as estimated by the Legislature’s Office of Fiscal Analysis; 1,941 job cuts saves $132.8 million, 2,913 job cuts saves $198.8 million, and 3,879 jobs cuts saves $267.8 million.
“It appears as if you’re going to need to send out almost 4,000 layoff notices to reach close to between $250 million and $300 million in savings,” says House Minority Leader Rep. Themis Klarides (R-Derby).
We’re told that about 6,500 notices went out last month notifying state employees that layoffs were coming in April. It’s a complicated process because of what’s called ‘bumping rights’ where people who get pink slips can bump someone of lesser seniority. That process begins later this month.