By STEPHEN SINGER, Associated Press
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) _ Gov. Dannel P. Malloy says his administration must be prepared to lay off state employees if it fails to reach agreement with unions on cost cuts.
Benjamin Barnes, secretary of the state Office of Policy and Management, asked commissioners last week for information on how to cut spending by 10 percent beyond Malloy’s budget proposal. Barnes said finding the savings may not be possible without staff cuts through attrition and layoffs.
Malloy told reporters Thursday the state needs be prepared in order to be able to give workers the required advance notice about any layoffs.
Negotiations with labor unions continue as Malloy seeks $1 billion in givebacks and other savings. It’s part of a plan to eliminate a deficit of $3.3 billion in the budget year that begins July 1.
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