MALLOY SEEKS TO SLASH 6500 JOBS, CUT AID TO CITIES AND TOWNS BY NOMINAL $54 MILLION—BUT WILL LEGISLATURE GO ALONG?

Gov. Dannel Malloy, rebuffed by state employee unions on the concessions plan, wants the legislature to give him the go-ahead lay-off thousands of state employees and make other cuts to balance his already-approved state budget. The special session of the General Assembly to deal with the budget is Thursday.

Malloy already has the authority to cut 5 percent from any line item in the budget—except for municipal aid. The governor wants the legislature to increase that authority to 10 percent and to let him cut aid to cities and towns by $54 million over two years; a relatively small amount.

As The Hanging Shad reported yesterday, the state Senate is ready to grant the increased rescission authority but the House is still the wildcard.