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Union leaders in Connecticut say they're concerned that lawmakers are looking first to state employees for savings in Governor Dannel Malloy’s proposed budget.

Lori Pelletier, President of the Connecticut AFL-CIO, said state lawmakers should consider other parts of the budget before they start cutting state jobs.

“We need to look at how many contractors does the state of Connecticut have that are duplicating the services that state employees do already,” she said. “These are the things we need to look at before we start laying off.”

A Connecticut town is considering a program that trains teachers to use guns in the event of an active shooter, and Gov. Dannel P. Malloy has come down hard on the idea.

Kent selectmen voted 2-1 on Wednesday to present information about the "FASTER Saves Lives" program to the Board of Education. The board will ultimately decide whether to implement the program at the pre-K through eighth-grade Kent Center School.

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The issue of whether to tax the wealthiest New Yorkers at a higher rate is once again a topic at the State Capitol. Assembly Democrats are out with a tax plan that would redistribute some tax revenue from the richest to the poorest New Yorkers.

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Connecticut Governor Dannel Malloy delivered his State of the State address to the General Assembly on the first day of the new legislative session. Malloy outlined his budget proposal for the next fiscal year, and is asking for changes to a severely underfunded pension system.

Malloy said Connecticut’s pension fund system is broken, and, if nothing changes, in the year 2032 the state will have to pay $13 billion dollars in retirement benefits when it reaches what Malloy called "a fiscal cliff."

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Connecticut Governor Dannel Malloy delivered his State of the State address Wednesday to the General Assembly on its first day of the new legislative session.