Thursday, November 29, 2012
Malloy Shrinks Deficit Cutting Social Services, Colleges
By Keith M. Phaneuf, Arielle Levin Becker, and Jacqueline Rabe Thomaswww.ctmirror.org
Connecticut’s social services safety net and its public colleges and universities took the brunt today of Gov. Dannel P. Malloy’s first effort to whittle down a $363 million state budget deficit.
The administration released $123 million worth of emergency cuts ordered by the governor, including nearly $70 million aimed at health care and social service agencies and $25 million more at public colleges and universities.
Technically, the governor used his emergency authority to slice $170 million off the books. But because about $47 million of the cuts announced today involved spending the administration had planned to cancel to meet miscellaneous savings targets built into the budget, the overall deficit shrank to about $240 million.
“Many of these cuts are very difficult to make, especially now when so many residents continue to struggle in a tough economy,” the governor’s budget director, Office of Policy and Management Secretary Benjamin Barnes, said today. “But as painful as they are, cuts are necessary to keep this year’s budget in balance. State government needs to live within its means.”
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