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Monday, January 27, 2014

Long-Term Unemployment a Priority for Malloy

By Mark Pazniokas

New Britain – On a day when the state posted disappointing jobs numbers, Gov. Dannel P. Malloy said today he intends to ask the General Assembly next month to fund a successful private-sector program for the long-term unemployed and to ban help-wanted ads that discriminate against the jobless.

Malloy said the two measures, combined with expanding a program that offers economic incentives for employers to hire the jobless, are elements of a jobs package to be included in the budget he will deliver Feb. 5 as legislators open their 2014 session.

The first-term Democratic governor announced his initiatives at a state Department of Labor career center, the latest in a series of events by Malloy to preview election-year initiatives. He rebuffed efforts by reporters to press him on whether he will propose a tax cut.

“I think in the coming days I will be answering your questions on that point and others,” Malloy said.

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