WETHERSFIELD, Conn. (AP) – Connecticut’s motor vehicles commissioner says the agency is delaying layoffs and keeping all branches open until state employees vote on a labor concessions package.

Melody Currey said Thursday that Connecticut would end up spending $500,000 if the Department of Motor Vehicles closes the branches, then reopens them later if the concessions are accepted.

The department expected to dismiss 123 people, eliminate 28 vacant positions and close branches in Old Saybrook, Danbury, Enfield and New Britain on Aug. 11.

A satellite office in Putnam and photo license centers in Derby, Middletown and Milford would also be closed.

Those closings would be averted if state workers accept a concessions package proposed to help close Connecticut’s budget gap. The DMV closings and layoffs will occur Aug. 19 and 20 if that package is rejected.

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


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