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Gov. Dannel P. Malloy after deficit talks with legislative leaders ended earlier this month.
Gov. Dannel P. Malloy after deficit talks with legislative leaders ended earlier this month. Claude Albert / CtMirror.org

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy’s administration released details late Wednesday of how state agencies will share the new spending reductions ordered by the legislature in a December special session.

The Office of Policy and Management, the administration’s chief budget and policy agency, released cuts totaling $82.1 million. The schedule can be viewed here.

The deficit-mitigation plan enacted on Dec. 8 authorized the governor to assign $110 million in total reductions, including $93 million to Executive Branch departments and agencies. The Judicial and Legislative branches face cuts of $15 million and $2 million, respectively.

Gian-Carl Casa, spokesman for the governor’s budget office, said Wednesday the administration believes that the rest of the reductions will be achieved through savings various departments and agencies already are on pace to achieve.

The legislature prohibited cutting municipal grant programs.

The cuts fell heavily on social service agencies, which receive a large portion of budget funds not locked in by contract. Medicaid funding was reduced by almost $25 million.

But most agencies and departments also saw a reduction in their personal services accounts — which are used to cover wages.

Though the administration has not announced any layoffs to date, neither Malloy nor legislative leaders during budget negotiations would dismiss the possibility that these cuts could force some job losses.

The governor and legislature closed a deficit in the current fiscal year that, according to nonpartisan analysts, had topped $250 million.

That measure also restored about $30 million cut previously from Connecticut’s hospitals and ordered modest business tax cuts.

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Keith M. PhaneufState Budget Reporter

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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