Office of Policy and Management Secretary Ben Barnes says Malloy has the legal authority to withhold funding, despite a 2004 law prohibiting governors from reducing the annual budgets of the State Elections Enforcement Commission, the Office of State Ethics, and the Freedom of Information Commission.
In a letter dated Tuesday, Barnes says the agencies “were not unfairly or disproportionately targeted” by the cuts aimed at fixing the state’s deficit.
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The leaders of the three agencies last month sent a letter to Barnes questioning the legality of the cuts, saying the General Assembly passed the 2004 legislation to protect the agencies’ independence. They requested the funding be restored.
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