Malloy begins process of possible state worker layoffs

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The Malloy administration warned of almost 1,100 state worker layoffs next month if the administration and state employee unions fail to reach an agreement on concessions to help ease red ink in the state budget.

The layoffs are expected to save about $80 million. Malloy says those 1,000 reductions would be "a first step toward resolving" the state's estimated $1.7 billion deficit.

"We all hope that our contingency plans will ultimately not be necessary and that the structural solutions CT needs can be found at the bargaining table", he said, adding how the talks with union officials are "ongoing and constructive". "I am optimistic that we will be able to meet our budget challenges as I proposed in February, with labor concessions that reduce our long-term fixed costs related to pensions and benefits for our employees", he said in a statement. In addition to those filled positions, the administration said it will allow another 120 vacant positions that were scheduled to be filled to remain vacant.

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Governor Malloy said Thursday, in his initial budget proposal, if state employee unions did not agree to $700 million dollars in concessions, layoffs would follow.

"Layoffs hurt local economies in the short-term and will lead to an even deeper fiscal crisis for our state down the road".

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