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Posted inMoney, Politics

Union negotiator’s rebuke blasts GOP over call for concessions

Union leaders have been consistent, if somewhat restrained, in their opposition to granting another round of employee concessions to mitigate looming state budget deficits. But that restraint ended last week when the unions’ chief negotiator sent a stinging rebuke to the Republican legislative leaders who issued the first call for concessions 12 months ago.

Posted inEducation, Health, Justice, Money, Politics, Transportation

A minefield of concerns complicates laying off state workers

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.

Posted inHealth, Money, Politics

Malloy hints at layoffs before summer

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.

Posted inMoney, Politics

Malloy warns of workforce cuts, affirms opposition to tax hikes

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy’s administration confirmed Friday the downward trend in state revenues — though not the precise numbers — that nonpartisan analysts reported earlier this week. While the governor never used the word “layoff,” he told reporters Friday that state government’s workforce must shrink considerably soon, and that the next state budget still must be balanced without tax hikes.

Posted inMoney

New jobs found for 22 facing layoff at Labor Department

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy’s administration reported Thursday that it has placed 22 of the 95 state Department of Labor employees served layoffs notices earlier this summer in other, vacant state jobs. The governor’s budget office also said that another three workers have accepted layoffs. That leaves 70 workers whose final status has yet to be determined.