FAIRFIELD COUNTY, Conn. -- With a state budget deficit that may be as high as $266 million, Connecticut Gov. Dannel P. Malloy has issued formal warning layoff notices to 45,700 unionized state workers in 32 bargaining units, according to the Connecticut Post.
In an effort to avoid layoffs, Malloy has given department heads a week to offer cost-cutting ideas to stem the rising deficit, the Post said. He also offered suggestions, including $6 million in cuts through layoffs, but Republicans are proposing a two-day unpaid furlough program that would save jobs, said the Connecticut Post.
Malloy is hoping to force union employees to renegotiate benefits that currently run until 2022, in an effort to save $100 million in the budget that starts July 1, the Post said.
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