Gov. Dannel P. Malloy can be brash and brusque in his public comments at times, but he declined an invitation to take a shot at Jim Calhoun at a town-hall meeting on the budget last night in Windham, not far from the UConn campus where Calhoun is prepping for this weekend’s Final Four.

Leroy Hollis, a state employee, pushed Malloy to explain how the upper reaches of state government might be affected by concession talks.

“I want to know exactly how much is going to come out of the pockets of yourself, all legislators, the judges, all of the state university presidents and, especially, how much is going to come out of the highest-paid state employee, who makes over $2 million?” he asked.

“I gotta tell you, I’m not sure I want to pick on Coach Calhoun this week,” Malloy deadpanned. “But maybe next week.”

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Mark PazniokasCapitol Bureau Chief

Mark is the Capitol Bureau Chief and a co-founder of CT Mirror. He is a frequent contributor to WNPR, a former state politics writer for The Hartford Courant and Journal Inquirer, and contributor for The New York Times.

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