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Lawmakers come to agreement to wipe out $220 million hole

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HARTFORD, CT (WFSB/AP) -

Connecticut lawmakers have agreed on a bipartisan agreement, which is one that wipes out a $220 million hole.

Both the state Senate and House of Representatives met on Tuesday, but the day started with hundreds of public safety workers rallying at the Capitol, worried about layoffs.

"People are going to lose jobs, we get that - we are trying to stop that. There's other ways to do that," said Charles Dellarocco, of the judicial employees union.

It's been the subject of recent negotiations between legislative leaders and Democratic Gov. Dannel P. Malloy's administration. The leaders have been attempting to reach a bipartisan agreement on the plan to finally balance this fiscal year, which ends on June 30.

"We addressed the $220 million, that was our task," said State Senate President Martin Looney.

"That's what happens when conversations take place. Open minds to share ideas, you end up with doing good for the state of Connecticut," said State Senator, and Minority Leader Len Fasano.

The plan is expected to include cuts across state government, including funding for social service programs, housing and homeless services. Funds are expected to also be transferred out of various accounts, including the state's public campaign financing program.

The plan preserves municipal aid and hospital funding.

The governor called it a step in the right direction, but warned about next year's deficit.

"We are going to have a substantial number of layoffs in the not-so-distant future. I don't think there's a lot we can do about that," said Gov. Dannel Malloy.

"You've heard us stand up on both sides of the aisle and talk about how we don't agree with this, or agree with that, and there's certainly more of that to come so don't be disappointed," said State Rep. Themis Klarides.

Next year's deficit is estimated at $900 million.

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