Gov. Dannel Malloy is making it known loud and clear that until state employee labor unions pass a concessions deal, the plans for (draconian) cuts and thousands of layoffs will go forward. The next week or so is crucial. The longer there is no deal, the harder it will be to stop the layoffs.
Meanwhile, the legislative branch remains the only branch of state government that has not articulated its plan to comply with the governor’s outline that requires the branch to cut 50 jobs and achieve $9 million dollars in savings this year and $13 million next year. The office of legislative management (OLM) confirms there is no plan—an absolute insult to legislative employees.
It is true that the legislative branch has no unionized employees unlike the other branches. “We don’t have the same urgency” as the other branches to unveil a budget-balancing plan right now, OLM Executive Director D’Ann Mazzocca tells CTMirror.org’s budget expert Keith Phanuef. Really? Tell that to the employees and their families who wait and worry day by day to find out where they stand. Mazzacca’s take on the lack of a plan is an absolute insult and the worst kind of disregard and disrespect for legislative employees. If there is no plan just say so. But don’t say there isn’t an urgency. Maybe there isn’t for Ms. Mazzacca and the top staff in the General Assembly. But there certainly is for people whose livelihoods are on the line.