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Gov. to privately meet with lawmakers about state budget woes

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State budget talks are expected to continue on Wednesday as the governor plans to privately meet with legislators.

Republicans said they have laid out proposals to manage Connecticut's $220 million deficit.

While Gov. Dannel Malloy has said he's leaning toward layoffs, Republicans said their plan avoids them and instead includes a 10 percent cut of their own pay.

The plans are expected to be the focal point of Wednesday's meeting.

"While we have  made year-after-year progress, chipping away at our structural imbalance, it's clear that our work is not done," Malloy said.

The Republican plan also pushes for a two-day furlough.

"If the union workers were to get together, not the powerless, but the powerful union folks, and say we agree to two days off in 2016, you'd save $6 million," said Sen. Len Fasano, the Republican minority leader. "What's wrong with that?"

Malloy's cuts could impact social services and money that's given to cities and towns.

They would also affect state agencies by shrinking the workforce by at least 1,000 employees.

"What I am saying is, there is less money coming in," Malloy said. "Basically we are reneging on everything because we have less money to spend."

Though Wednesday's meeting is private, several agencies are expected to lobby ahead of it to voice their own frustrations.

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