HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Gov. Dannel P. Malloy says conservative tea party activists are “a little out there” and could shut down the federal government.

The Republican American reports that the Democratic governor said Wednesday the conservative Republicans are jeopardizing the economic recovery, though improvements are slight.

Malloy said Connecticut could be hit hard because the financial services and defense industries are key parts of the state’s economy.

Connecticut’s budget office is working with state agencies to prepare for a possible federal shutdown.

Office of Policy and Management Secretary Benjamin Barnes said Tuesday the state might have to pay salaries of state employees working on federal programs and cover the federal share of entitlement programs such as Medicaid.

The Democratic-led Senate is expected to kill a tea party-backed plan to defund the federal health care insurance law.


Information from: Republican-American, http://www.rep-am.com


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