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The state Capitol in Hartford. (Matt Dwyer/WTIC Photo)

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State budget chief Ben Barnes has sent Governor Malloy his suggested cuts after the governor told him  a week ago to come up with a way to balance the state budget.

In addition to cutting more than 78 and a half million dollars from the current fiscal year’s budget,   Barnes is recommending a crackdown on state hiring … with each commissioner having to justify any hiring to Barnes’s office,  and the Office of Policy and management having the final say over whether the hire is made,  based on whether it is necessary because  it is required by law or court order  . .  necessary to the public health or safety. . .  or would bring in more revenue than the position itself would cost.

More than half the cuts in the Barnes plan come from two departments —  $28.4 million from the Department of Children and Families $14.4  million from the Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services.

The recissions include more than $1.9 million for Barnes’s own Office of Policy and Management,  and some $31,000 for the governor’s office.  Click here for full list of recissions.

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