Malloy says state prepared for federal government shut-down–if it’s short

As lawmakers in Washington continue their brinksmanship over a federal spending bill, Gov. Dannel Malloy said Connecticut is prepared for the possibility of a federal government shutdown–at least a short one.

Malloy said last week, he asked all the Executive Branch department chiefs to submit an assessment of the potential impact of a shutdown on various state programs and services. The responses suggest that “the state will be able weather a short term shut down – 2 to 3 weeks – without any disruptions,” Malloy said in a statement Wednesday morning.

But a more protracted stalemate over spending in Washington that keeps government programs shuttered could be seriously problematic. “Anything longer than three weeks, and there is a real concern about our ability to continue to deliver vital state services,” Malloy said.