HARTFORD, Conn. (WTNH) -- The Governor's top budget advisors started meeting face to face with Democratic and Republican leaders this afternoon with the goal of reaching compromise on cutting two to three hundred million dollars from state spending in time for a vote by the full General Assembly the middle of next week.
"What we're going to see is layoffs, we're going to see cuts in services, we're going to see people turned away. Most of these providers are at the point of, many of them, of fiscal insolvency," Sheila Amdur of the CT Community Providers Association said.
While the budget talks were going on at the Capitol, Malloy met with the leaders of non profit health and human services agencies. Many of them say his budget outline forces them to absorb too big a slice of the cuts.
"That's showing you where we believe cuts can be had and have to be had. Listen, we got about a point and half, a percent and a half out of the budget we got to take out, that's what we have to do," Gov. Malloy said.
"This is an exercise that no one relishes. It's going to be ugly but it's something that has to be done," Republican Minority Leader Rep. Larry Cafero said.
Cafero's Republican counterpart in the Senate is also taking part in these talks and both agree that it's important for the public to know that, unlike Washington, the two parties are talking about compromise.
"It's a good place to start the discussion today. Obviously there's some things in there that I wouldn't necessarily agree with. I don't want to negotiate those in public but it's a good start," Republic Minority Leader Sen. John McKinney said.
One good thing about bi-partisan negotiations and a bi-partisan deal is there will later be bi-partisan blame.
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