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New round of rescissions will hit state agencies

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The fallout continues over budget problems at the State Capitol.

On Wednesday, Gov. Dannel Malloy released another round of rescissions that will hit agencies across the board, including those that provide services to the state’s most vulnerable.

The cuts are not a done deal but they may be necessary to close the deficit. On Thursday, many state agencies went over the numbers, trying to figure out how they will be impacted.

This is the second time this year the governor has ordered rescissions.

"You can't have it both ways --- you can't say don't raise taxes and then say you can't cut anything,” Malloy said.

Under extreme pressure not to raise taxes, the governor plans to use his authority to make cuts-- $79 million, and two thirds of which will hit social service agencies and education.

The Department of Developmental Services will take the biggest hit, followed by mental health and addiction services, the Department of Children and Families, and the University of Connecticut.

"We are not doing this with a butcher knife - we are doing it as carefully as we can, looking at all factors - and relying on input from commissioners,” Malloy said.

Parents with disabled children said they want to be heard. They have been waiting on lists for group homes and they fear budget cuts will keep them waiting forever.

While the governor feels some of the larger agencies can handle the cuts, fellow democrats are not convinced.

"I think we have been cutting around the edges for years- every cut we make now will impact a person here in the state of Connecticut,” said Majority Leader State Rep. Joe Aresimowicz.

Republicans have their own plan, which requires sacrifices from state workers and cuts in state accounts.

"We need to act right now - the deficit is continuing to grow and grow. The democrat’s inaction is actually helping this problem,” said Republican State Senator Robert Kane.

Both sides have been meeting behind closed doors and they will continue to do that. The rescissions are expected to take effect on April 1.

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