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Malloy orders more cuts as lawmakers vow to close deficit by April 1

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy speaks to reporters as advocates argue to shield hospitals from budget cuts.

While legislators committed Wednesday to close a $220 million hole in state finances by March 31, Gov. Dannel P. Malloy ordered $79 million in emergency cuts, two-thirds of which hit social service agencies and education. Continue Reading →

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Lembo joins dissent over Malloy’s emergency budget cuts

Comptroller Kevin P. Lembo (file photo_

State Comptroller Kevin P. Lembo distanced himself Thursday from Gov. Dannel P. Malloy, calling his fellow Democrat’s emergency budget cuts premature and warning they could harm the state’s economy. A top administration official shot back, “We are making those tough decisions when we must, not shirking our responsibilities for political convenience.” Continue Reading →

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Fight over Malloy’s cuts to social services turns personal

Dr. Michelle Rivelli

Her name is Jessie. She is autistic, intellectually disabled and about to turn 21. Her mother told reporters Wednesday that Gov. Dannel P. Malloy is “doing his best to take her future away from her.” With those words, Jessie became the face of opposition to $103 million in emergency budget cuts ordered by Malloy. Continue Reading →

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GOP calls for bipartisan talks, labor concessions, to reverse hospital cuts

House Minority Leader Themis Klarides and Senate Minority Leader Len Fasano criticize Gov. Dannel P. Malloy's budget cuts. At right is Connecticut Hospital Association CEO Jennifer Jackson.

Minority Republicans in the state legislature called Tuesday for bipartisan negotiations to reverse last week’s $190 million cut to hospitals. And House Minority Leader Themis Klarides, R-Derby, also called for Gov. Dannel P. Malloy to approach state employee unions for concessions. Continue Reading →

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As deficit options dwindle, Malloy may be staring at a rainy day

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy needed a raincoat at DOT news conference last year. He may be facing another rainy day.

The prospect of tapping Connecticut’s emergency budget reserve for the first time in Gov. Dannel P. Malloy’s tenure loomed larger Wednesday. Facing deficit forecasts ranging up to $191 million for the current fiscal year, the administration mustered emergency cuts of less than $14 million to offset that problem. Continue Reading →

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Larger deficit looms as Malloy warns of more emergency cuts


Nonpartisan fiscal analysts again asserted Wednesday that the current state budget deficit is worse than Gov. Dannel P. Malloy’s administration has reported — and that’s despite a recent administration estimate that more than doubled the shortfall. And while the Office of Fiscal Analysis was issuing its $191 million deficit forecast, Malloy’s budget chief directed all agencies Wednesday to brace for a third round of emergency cuts and to ensure spending is “significantly curtailed” between now and the fiscal year’s close on June 30. Continue Reading →

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Malloy’s budget cuts again hit social services, universities, courts

Malloy and Barnes

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy unveiled more than $31.5 million in spending cuts Friday in his second round of emergency budget reductions, with social services, public colleges and universities and state court system again taking the heaviest hits. A shortfall of at least $89 million remains to be addressed. Continue Reading →

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Courts, legislature, watchdogs will tighten belts to reduce CT’s deficit

The state’s Judicial and Legislative branches have ordered nearly $7 million in spending cuts Gov. Dannel P. Malloy requested last month, relying heavily on hiring restrictions to reduce costs. And the state’s watchdog agencies also have agreed to find the 1 percent cuts Malloy asked for to help close a small mid-year deficit. Continue Reading →

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Legislators delve into deficit, including its sudden appearance

The legislature’s two budget-writing panels grilled Gov. Dannel P. Malloy’s fiscal staff Friday about the new state deficit – and the administration’s latest cuts to reduce it. Republican legislators focused, as expected, on why the $99 million shortfall Malloy reported last week wasn’t acknowledged before Election Day. Continue Reading →

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