Local Republicans and Democrats said they are shocked about the $900 million dollar state deficit for Connecticut.
Gov. Dannel P. Malloy said a $266 million deficit is expected this year, while the $900 million deficit is projected for next year.
"State government is going to be substantially smaller in the not so distant future," Malloy said.
Despite the numbers, University of Connecticut is going ahead with pay raises for its employees while other schools put raises on hold. UConn said those raises for some union employees is a projected cost of about $100 million.
"I feel it doesn't represent what I've been talking about and that's the new economic reality," Malloy said, regarding the raises at UConn.
Malloy won't say whether the UConn contract should be reversed. Central Connecticut State University and other community colleges in the state have put raises on hold. Although some state lawmakers said feel they should.
"We really have a crisis situation," said Republican Representative Vinnie Candelora, of North Branford.
All of this has only fueled criticism against the governor.
"The Governor didn't get it when he raised taxes all of those years and thought Connecticut would be OK and wouldn't respond to the tax increases," said Candelora.
Republicans agree with the governor's plan to reduce the state workforce, but would also like to see major pension reform.
If lawmakers do not take action within 30 days, the new contract for UConn automatically goes into effect.
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