Gov. Dannel Malloy has said he is preparing an alternative budget to the one he has been taking to the people in town hall meetings across the state. In those meetings and elsewhere, people have objected to the $1.5 billion in tax increases. He has described the alternatives as ugly. A Hartford Courant report says it will include a 10-percent, across-the-board cut in state agency budgets.
Closed-door talks with state employee unions have not yet produced any deal—Malloy is looking for $1 billion in givebacks from labor in each year of the biennium. Speculation is that Malloy’s “Plan B” budget will contain the layoff of thousands of state workers.