State Cuts Budget by $170 Million to Battle Deficit

Social services, education see the biggest cuts.

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy is cutting $170 million from the state budget — the maximum amount allowed without requiring legislative approval — to combat the state’s $365 million projected deficit in the current fiscal year.

The Office of Policy and Management released a nine-page list of the cuts. Some of the biggest items from the list include:

  • $33 million reduction in fringe benefits for employees, mostly from the “state employees health services” line item
  • $21 million from the Department of Developmental Services
  • $7.8 million from the Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services
  • $32.2 million from the Department of Social Services
  • $14.4 million from state colleges, split between community colleges and state universities
  • $18.3 million from the Department of Children and Families 

Exactly how the cuts will impact the departments remains to be seen. 

“There is no one reason for the projected shortfall,” said OPM Secretary Ben Barnes in a written statement. “The sluggish national economy is part of the equation.  Revenue hasn’t recovered as it has in the past when Connecticut was working to climb out of a recession. The demand for services, particularly Medicaid, remains higher than expected. But we have faced larger challenges than this, and done so responsibly. Nothing on that front has changed.” 

The full list of cuts are attached to this article.

Happy Percy November 29, 2012 at 08:42 PM
Still wondering if OUR tax money paid for the little signs on the Granby green that read - "Save the Town Meeting" Glad the automatic referrendum was passed, now people need to get otu and VOTe the budget down when it is way out of line, like it has been at least the past 2 years. they frgot to tel you the actual increase was closer to 4% each year because the Bond interst was actually going down, but wasn't taken ut of the calculation so they just found someplace else to spendOUR money, remeber these are Public Servants and not the KING and QUEEN that we ran from to start the US!
Happy Percy November 29, 2012 at 08:43 PM
Maybe it is time to get rid of the OVERPAID Comunity Developer in Granby that get paid $150,000 + benefits, for a Town of 11,000 people, WAY OUT of LINE!!
Happy Percy November 30, 2012 at 03:20 PM
Now let's see the State is pulling n money from Income Taxes, CT never had one until Wieker put one in place, the Native AMeriican Casinos and the Lottery and they stil cannot run the State correctly. Time to can all of them!!!


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