Clues to Where Malloy’s Commissioners Might Cut, If Given the Authority

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By Jacqueline Rabe Thomas and Arielle Levin Becker


Asked by Gov. Dannel P. Malloy to give state agency leaders the authority to cut $360.8 million, state legislators are struggling to get a sense of which programs and services gubernatorial appointees would deem “pet projects” and target for reductions or elimination.

“What I am trying to figure out when someone from a domestic violence shelter calls me and says, ‘Did I get cut? Did I not get cut?’ I have to say I don’t know. Cause I can’t figure it out,” Rep. Toni Walker, D-New Haven, the House chair of the legislature’s powerful budget-writing committee, told the commissioner of the Department of Social Services last week.

“What is not going to happen that has happened before?” Rep. Melissa Ziobron, R-East Haddam, asked the commissioner of the state’s child welfare agency.

And while agency leaders have given legislators on the Appropriations Committee a series of buzzwords over the past two weeks to… For more visit CTMIRROR.COM 

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