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State government overtime expenses through March remained modestly ahead of last fiscal year’s pace.

It was unclear Monday how Connecticut’s response to the coronavirus pandemic will affect overtime before the fiscal year ends on June 30.

State agency and departmental overtime spending for the first nine months of this fiscal year — between July 1 and March 31 — was up $188.1 million compared with the same nine month period from the prior fiscal year, the legislature’s nonpartisan Office of Fiscal Analysis reported Monday.

That represents an increase of slightly less than 4% over the first nine months of the fiscal year.

Overtime spending also was running about 4% higher than last fiscal year’s levels when nonpartisan analysts did their last quarterly assessment in early January.

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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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