Towns Keep Allocation – 1,000 More State Jobs May Go

By Hugh McQuaid and Christine Stuart

(Updated 7:38 p.m.) The House Democratic caucus succeeded Thursday in getting Gov. Dannel P. Malloy to take $54 million in municipal aid cuts off the table in exchange for another 1,000 state employee layoffs.

The House and Senate are both in session now. They can be viewed LIVE discussing proposed stop gap bills at this time. HOUSE CT-N Feed ; SENATE CT-N Feed

On top of $54 million in municipal aid cuts, Malloy had recommended the elimination of 6,466 jobs from the state budget, including about 1,000 vacant positions and layoffs for nearly 5,500 state employees. In lieu of the municipal aid cuts, the grand total of job cuts is up to about 7,500 — a figure Malloy had previously suggested as a two-year target.

“They know there are a very limited number of ways to make up that cut and they were told it would come in state employee layoffs,” Roy Occhiogrosso, Malloy’s senior communications adviser, said of the restoration of municipal aid. The talks regarding municipal aid took the better part of the afternoon.

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