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Budget battle continues in Hartford

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HARTFORD, CT (WFSB) -

Connecticut’s budget problems keep getting worse, and on Wednesday Gov. Dannel Malloy promised layoffs.

The governor said he is optimistic there will be a bipartisan agreement, but there are still going to be layoffs.

He also made it clear there will be no incentives offered to retire and there will be no buy-outs.

On Wednesday, legislative leaders met with the governor for about an hour.

"I think it was a productive meeting - I think everybody came up with ideas. There will be follow ups, but I think it was a productive meeting,” said Republican Minority Leader State Senator Len Fasano.

"We are working at getting to the number we can agree on and potentially have a bipartisan agreement on what those cuts will look like and what those changes will look like,” said House Speaker Brendan Sharkey.

Democrats and republicans are trying to close a budget deficit estimated at roughly $200 million for this year and $900 million next year.

The governor has proposed cuts to state agencies, including social services and mental health, as well as municipalities.

Lawmakers agree that state unions need to be part of the solution. Republicans are proposing furlough days—two days off without pay.

The Malloy administration is currently negotiating with more than a dozen bargaining units.

"There are going to be layoffs. How many layoffs will be determined, not the least of which are retirements,” Malloy said.

The governor said we will know more about retirement on April 1, but he made it clear that the state workforce needs to be smaller.

Lawmakers will be voting on a deficit mitigation package on Tuesday.

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