Gov. Dannel Malloy got the authority he sought to further cut the new state budget to bring it into balance but his new power will not allow him to slash aid to cities and towns. Meanwhile, action—or inaction—by state employee labor unions this session means thousands of state workers will lose their jobs. Union officials are still seeking a do-over of the rank and file’s embarrassing rejection of what everyone outside (and most folks inside) labor say was a reasonable, even generous concessions package given the current economic climate.
As The Hanging Shad predicted earlier this week and then again yesterday morning before the start of the special session on both NBC-Connecticut and the WTIC-AM Newstalk 1080 Morning Show with Ray Dunaway, Malloy got most of what he wanted—the increased capability to cut the budget further to fill the $1.6 billion hole he was hoping would be done with the concession agreement with labor. But the rejection of the deal now means it’s “bang, bang, Malloy’s Silver Hammer comes down on labor’s head.”
Cities and towns in the state are breathing a sigh of relief as they are safe from the new rescission authority.