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A minefield of concerns complicates laying off state workers

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Though all indications are that many state employees will receive pink slips soon, several factors make it difficult for Connecticut to downsize its workforce. And those same factors and others make it all-but-impossible to close the major budget deficits projected for the next few years with layoffs alone. Continue Reading →

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Malloy hints at layoffs before summer

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy addressing reporters Tuesday. At right is Lt. Gov. Nancy Wyman.

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy signaled an intention Tuesday to lay off state employees in the current fiscal year, saying the workforce must shrink substantially, and that the process must begin before the fiscal year ends on June 30. Malloy spoke to reporters after a meeting with legislative leaders, where he pressed them to offer their own cost-cutting ideas. Continue Reading →

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Labor in the crosshairs as budget crunch worsens

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Connecticut’s labor leaders insist the writing is on the wall. Barring a dramatic new development, they say, state employees will be asked to grant wage and benefit concessions for the third time in seven years. But that doesn’t mean workers are ready to endorse more givebacks. Continue Reading →

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GOP plan includes end to bargaining for state retirement benefits

Senate Minority Leaders Len Fasano, House Minority Leader Themis Klarides and GOP Rep. Gary Byron of Newington at a press conference outlining Republican budget-cutting proposals.

Republican legislators offered a blueprint Monday to curb future state spending by, among other things, no longer guaranteeing worker retirement benefits by contract. The plan also would require several new concessions by state employees, restrict borrowing and overtime, and accelerate closure of the Connecticut Juvenile Training School. Continue Reading →

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Visconti convinced he can find the waste in Connecticut’s budget

Joe Visconti

Gubernatorial hopeful Joe Visconti concedes he doesn’t have a complete blueprint to close the state budget deficit. But the West Hartford Republican, who brings his budget books with him on the campaign trail, insists he will have one before his rivals do.
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