State cuts 147 jobs; thousands more coming

- FILE - State Capitol building in Hartford. (WTNH / Noelle Gardner)

HARTFORD, Conn. (WTNH) — Governor Malloy announced Friday that 2,000 state jobs could be cut in the near future. The Department of Corrections will soon tell 147 of its employees, they will be losing their job.

“This is not the employees fault,” Malloy said. “They’re good employees, hard-working employees. But there is a reality that financial circumstances must change.”

That financial reality just got more complicated for the Governor. Facing a budget deficit of more than $900 million for next year, a legislative committee this week passed a budget that only closed $570 million of that. Leaving it more than $300 million short.

“We came more than halfway on this and now it’s time for other people to step in the arena and start to negotiate,” said Rep. Toni Walker (D-New Haven.)

The governor will now come up with a new budget in only a matter of days. Vowing to erase the entire $900 million deficit, when it’s released next week.

“It requires hard decisions. It requires we change our behaviors,” Malloy said. “I think we’re making progress but not sufficient or fast enough.”

Republicans pounced on the committee budget shortfalls earlier this week.

“Frankly, they just failed,” said Sen. Minority Leader Len Fasano (R-North Haven.) “They had the opportunity and they had the obligation to do a budget and they failed.”

But Malloy said both Republicans and Democrats share in the current blame.

“I haven’t seen Republicans or Democrats present a budget that is in balance,” Malloy said.

The new budget from the Governor will be released early next week. Malloy reiterated his stance that taxes will not be raised, which all but guarantees more state layoffs are coming. The Legislative Session ends May 4.

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