HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Gov. Dannel P. Malloy on Friday proposed another $220 million in cuts to close the state's budget deficit, which will be the subject of a special legislative session that begins Dec. 19.
The Democratic governor's "roadmap" identified areas where he believes cuts can be made, including $63.6 million at the Department of Social Services and $13.6 million at the Department of Education.
State Comptroller Kevin Lembo is projecting a $415 million deficit in this year's $20 billion state budget. The estimated shortfall is $50 million higher than a Malloy administration figure.
Malloy appealed Friday for support from minority Republicans in drafting a final plan to bring before the General Assembly. He called for private negotiations to begin Monday with legislative leaders.
"It is my hope — and I've communicated this to legislative leaders from both parties — that the final plan will be a bipartisan one," Malloy said in a news release. "That's my goal, and if all sides come to the table in good faith, I'm hopeful we can get it done."
Last week, Malloy ordered more than $100 million in spending cuts across state agencies. The new proposal identifies where additional cuts could be made by various agencies, but it does not include details.
"This won't be easy, and parts of it will be very difficult. We are very mindful of the fact that most of the cuts that will end up being part of the final package will have a real impact on people's lives, so we want to do this as carefully as possible. But the reality is we have no other choice; spending must be cut," Malloy said.
The governor already has authorized $550 million in temporary lines of credit at the request of the state treasurer in case the state needs cash to pay its bills.
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Hosed-by-the-system | December 10 2012 12:59pm
Like closing the damn barn door AFTER all the animals run out...........MAYBE the next budget wont be a friggin fairy tale as this one was......
Milfordconn | December 9 2012 10:33am
Two years ago when he was elected most other states realized that spending needed to be cut back. Rather than make intelligent choices like cutting back the state workforce, by attrition, not layoffs and identifying programs that were not critical, Mr. Malloy and the legislature decided to raise taxes and fees and "hope the economy would fix itself soon and life would go on it's merry way. Well, now reality has come home and painful choices have to be made quickly since we are already taxed to death and new business avoids CT like the plague.
It is past time but we must run the government the same as we run our households. Realistic budgets and don't spend more than you can take in. Wishing and hoping does not pay the bills and you reach a point where you can't get blood out of a stone.
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