THE MALLOY- UNION DANCE CONTINUES: LAYOFF NOTICES DELAYED FOR NOW; DEMS LEGISLATIVE LEADERS SAY ‘PLAN B’ IS ‘UGLY’

With his chief advisor saying it should not be construed as a sign a deal was imminent, Gov. Dannel Malloy decided Thursday to delay sending out layoff notices to more than 4,000 state workers as concessions talks between the administration and labor continue.

Meanwhile, Malloy met with legislative leaders to brief them on what a “Plan B”—what would have to be done if the concessions don’t come through—would look like. Both Senate President Don Williams and House Speaker Chris Donovan called it “ugly.”

The talks will likely continue over the weekend and into next week. Malloy is seeking $2 billion dollars in union concessions over two years. He has until the end of the month to submit a plan to the legislature to fill the hole in the budget that was just passed whether it be in concessions, more spending cuts or, most likely, a combination of the two. Malloy has ruled out further tax hikes.

The Shad addressed the budget situation on two of yesterday’s morning news shows in Connecticut—on NBC-Connecticut (Channel 30) with Brad Drazen and on FOX-Connecticut (Channel 61) with Logan Byrnes. Check out the FOX segment in which I was pleased to join state Sen. Joe Markley (R-Southington) and state House Majority Leader Brendan Sharkey (D-Hamden).

More drama is expected next week.