Governor Malloy to make $170 million in budget cuts
By Justin Haas
HARTFORD Connecticut Governor Dannel P. Malloy recently ordered a $170 million spending cut. Among the cuts, a $63 million reduction in social service programs, including mental health and family services, has been authorized.
Also included are cuts to education funding. The University of Connecticut will be receiving a cut of $10.3 million and the Board of Regents for Higher Education will be required to reduce its budget by $14.4 million. In addition, the state Department of Education's budget was cut by $8.4 million.
Democrats and Republicans were in agreement about the need for spending cuts. "But it looks like these are real reductions to spending and it's an important start -- but it's just that, a start," said Senate Minority Leader John McKinney. Senate Majority Leader Martin Looney said "Making cuts like these is never easy. However, given the current shortfall, they were unfortunately necessary in order to bring our budget into balance."