Gov. Dannel P. Malloy is cutting $170 million from the state's budget – the maximum amount allowed without requiring legislative approval – in order to combat the state’s $365 million projected deficit in the current fiscal year.
The Office of Policy and Management released a nine-page list of the cuts. Some of the biggest items from the list include:
- $33 million reduction in fringe benefits for employees, mostly from the “state employees health services” line item
- $21 million from the Department of Developmental Services
- $7.8 million from the Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services
- $32.2 million from the Department of Social Services
- $14.4 million from state colleges, split between community colleges and state universities
- $18.3 million from the Department of Children and Families
Exactly how the cuts will impact the departments remains to be seen.
“There is no one reason for the projected shortfall,” said OPM Secretary Ben Barnes in a written statement. “The sluggish national economy is part of the equation. Revenue hasn’t recovered as it has in the past when Connecticut was working to climb out of a recession. The demand for services, particularly Medicaid, remains higher than expected. But we have faced larger challenges than this, and done so responsibly. Nothing on that front has changed.”
The full list of cuts are attached to this article.