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Agency Heads Recommend Fewer Layoffs, Find Savings Elsewhere

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By SUSAN HAIGH,  Associated Press

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) _ Some state commissioners are recommending
fewer-than-expected layoffs in their budget-cutting plans after a
labor-savings and concessions deal with labor unions has failed.

Benjamin Barnes, Gov. Dannel P. Malloy’s budget director, says
he’s pleased some agency heads found savings elsewhere in their
budgets to achieve the savings goals set by the administration.

State agencies had until the end of Friday to submit their
plans. Malloy is expected to weave them into an overall
budget-reduction plan due to the legislature by July 15.

Malloy has suggested that approximately 6,500 layoffs and the
elimination of 1,000 vacant jobs would be needed to make up the
savings lost from the failed concessions deal.

Barnes said he hasn’t received all the budget plans yet, but he
said some commissioners have scaled back on projected layoffs.

     (Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)

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