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General Assembly Votes to Cut $252.3 Million From Connecticut Budget

The move is intended to help erase a $365 million deficit in this year's state budget.

Lawmakers meeting in a special session in Hartford late last night voted to cut $252.3 million from the state budget. That figure, combined with $108 million in cuts Gov. Dannel P. Malloy already made earlier, are intended to erase a $365 million state budget shortfall by year's end.

The cuts included $90 million in reimbursements the state makes to Connecticut's hospitals for treating the uninsured and underinsured, the Connecticut Mirror reports.

Under the cuts approved by the General Assembly the state will also tighten its tax credit guidelines for the film industry and end the longevity bonuses given to nonunionized state employees, according to the Hartford Courant.

Jean December 21, 2012 at 02:59 AM
Apparently our Democrat led House and Senate are capable of cutting government spending - mostly social programs. I would rather see our leaders reduce the size of government and restructure government retirement plans, etc. than make cuts to the poor.
Ron December 21, 2012 at 05:11 PM
Jean: Shame on you. It is OK to cut social programs and increase your taxes and drive more busineess out of the State because how else can we pay the over $ 250,000 a year pensions to our state workers for 30-40 years each of retirement ? Of course the Patch will not print the pensions of CT State workers so as not to offend the rich ( called by Obama the top 1 percenters or aka CT State workers) but go on the Internet and type in a question asking how mcuh are the top 100 or 1,000 pensions in the State of CT. This is public information. You will get absolutely sick when you see the we pay many retired UCONN workers and their wifes when they are deceased over $ 250,000 a year in retirement. pensions. Of course CT will not cut these CT State pensions because the elected people voting on these pensions are in line to get their $ 250,000 a year in pension benefits. Thus, a suggestion. When you receive yor $ 5,200 a week in your CT pension for life, please contribute $ 5 a year for the poor ( which really means the people working in the private sector and CT college graduates who cannot get a job in the State). CT thanks each of you for your taxes.

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