Malloy Orders Layoffs; No Deal Reached with Unions

Posted on May 10, 2011. Filed under: Uncategorized |

It’s official. After months of closed-door meetings to get to the $2 billion ($1 billion each year for the next two years) in concessions Malloy needed, the state and the unions were unable to come to an agreement.

So today, the layoff notices start.

Malloy has been insistent that he does not want widespread layoffs, but he needs the concessions.

So now we move onto Plan B – a plan Malloy and undoubtedly most of the state won’t like.

Plan B includes 4,700 layoffs and could also include cuts of $482 million in state aid to cities and towns, among other painful cuts.

The Hartford Courant quoted Sen. Edith Prague as saying “This Plan B takes my breath away…It’s so unbelievable what it would do to the state of Connecticut. I can’t believe these cuts. This is the worst I have seen.”

Malloy has until May 31 to present his new budget to the legislature in order for the legislature to react by its scheduled session end on June 8.

“[This] is a framework, so the details in all likelihood would change,” Occhiogrosso told the Hartford Courant. “The final Plan B [if there is no union deal] would include the least horrible mix of spending cuts, layoffs, and reductions in municipal aid.”


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