Gov. Dannel P. Malloy’s budget office has become the latest entity in state government to enter the social media arena.

The Office of Policy and Management launched its own Twitter account this week with the handle ConnOPM.

“People are increasingly getting their news from nontraditional sources and ‘social media’ is one of them,” OPM spokesman Gian-Carl Casa said Monday. “It’s also a way to get in touch with more traditional media outlets.”

Another use for Twitter, as the 2014 gubernatorial elections approach, is to get a campaign message out to the voters.

“Connecticut’s making progress in tackling our budget and fiscal problems, and we’ll use Twitter to help get that information to the press and the general public,” Casa added.

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Keith has spent most of his 31 years as a reporter specializing in state government finances, analyzing such topics as income tax equity, waste in government and the complex funding systems behind Connecticut’s transportation and social services networks. He has been the state finances reporter at CT Mirror since it launched in 2010. Prior to joining CT Mirror Keith was State Capitol bureau chief for The Journal Inquirer of Manchester, a reporter for the Day of New London, and a former contributing writer to The New York Times. Keith is a graduate of and a former journalism instructor at the University of Connecticut.

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