HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) _ Connecticut officials have identified $135 million in budget savings by eliminating vacant positions and making smaller cuts by reducing copiers, custodial services and overtime. (Click here to view the list.)

Benjamin Barnes, Gov. Dannel P. Malloy’s budget chief, said at a news conference Tuesday that the state also expects to cut its work force with a flurry of retirements.

Connecticut’s unionized state employees ratified a labor savings and concessions agreement last month that the administration said will save nearly $700 million without layoffs or deeper spending cuts such as courthouse closures or reduced services for the disabled.

State employees may retire by Oct. 2 before changes in the agreement take effect and Barnes said many workers have expressed interest in leaving.

Barnes also said a committee will examine cost-cutting with technological changes such as revising a software licensing agreement and consolidating systems.

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


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