"I believe this is a contract Connecticut cannot afford," Malloy said. "It would set a precedent that would necessitate the elimination of even more jobs."
"I urge the General Assembly to reject this contract, ad respectfully ask that UConn and UCPEA return to the bargaining table," the governor continued.
Malloy's words fueled criticism against him.
"The governor didn't get it when he raised taxes all those years and thought Connecticut would be OK and wouldn't respond to the tax increases," said Rep. Vincent Candelora, a Republican representing North Branford.
Though Republicans agree with Malloy's stance on the state workforce, they're also pushing for pension reform.
A vote on the UConn contract could come as early as Friday. If not, it could happen on Monday, according to officials.
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