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Connecticut GOP offers up retirement incentive to fix budget

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Republican legislators are suggesting that certain state employees be offered a financial incentive to retire as a way to help rebalance Connecticut's budget.

House and Senate Republicans on Friday publicly unveiled their ideas for closing a projected shortfall in the current $20 billion budget, estimated by lawmakers to be $350 million to $370 million.

The GOP is proposing a new retirement incentive program for employees currently eligible to retire. They'd receive three years of additional credit toward their total years of service. Republicans estimate the proposal would save about $80 million this fiscal year and $95.6 million during the next fiscal year.

Republicans released details of their short- and long-term proposals to fix Connecticut's deficit problems after some proposals were leaked on Thursday following a closed-door meeting with Democrats.

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