HARTFORD, Conn. (CBS Connecticut) – Governor Dannel Malloy will not reveal his proposed two-year state budget until February 2017, but in the lead-up to that the Governor is advising state agencies to prepare for possible cuts, up to as much as 10 percent.
In response to a letter from Malloy’s budget chief, state department heads have reportedly submitted detailed plans about what a 10 percent cut in funding to their specific agency might look like. The proposals offer a glimpse at the level of services that may be cut as the governor and lawmakers work to close a projected $1.3 billion budget shortfall next year.
Malloy says he hopes the state employee unions will be part of the solution. “We have time before a budget is presented in February, and I’m hopeful that folks will come to the table,” he said. “There are structural difficulties in the state of Connecticut… that we’ve been pounding away at, but it would be better if we had a partnership to do it.”
The Governor also stated it is too soon to say if there will be job cuts at the same level the state saw in 2016.