Conn. budget

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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.”

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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.

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Democratic and Republican legislators are voicing concerns over Gov. Dannel P. Malloy's proposal for across-the-board cuts to state agencies and giving agency heads more latitude in deciding where to reduce spending.

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The Connecticut legislative session has ended, but the fallout from the last minute budget agreement is just beginning.

Lawmakers passed a two-year, $40 billion state budget. The budget raised a range of taxes by about $2 billion over two years in order to help offset a projected deficit of more than $2 billion over that time.

WSHU's Tom Kuser spoke with AP Capitol Reporter Susan Haigh to help sort through the state budget agreement and other pieces of legislation lawmakers dealt with before the deadline.

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