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State layoff notices could be going out in two weeks

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Gov. Dannel Malloy said state layoff notices could go out in two weeks. (WFSB photo) Gov. Dannel Malloy said state layoff notices could go out in two weeks. (WFSB photo)
HARTFORD, CT (WFSB) -

Connecticut's state budget deficit may be bridged for now, but there is more red ink on the horizon.

State lawmakers came to a bi-partisan agreement that will wipe out the $220 million hole.

It also avoids layoffs, but not for long, according to the Gov. Dannel Malloy. He said layoff notices could be going out in two weeks.

On Tuesday, hundreds of public safety workers protesting at the capitol. They said they were worried about layoffs.

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

With the state deficit out of control, Gov. Dannel Malloy promised layoffs in addition to cuts to most state agencies.

However, legislative leaders reached a deal to balance the budget.

"We addressed the $220 million," said Democratic Sen. Martin Looney, Senate president. "That was our task."

"That's what happens when conversations take place," said Sen. Len Fasano, Republican minority leader. "[With] open minds to share ideas, you end up with doing good for the state of Connecticut."

The agreement included cuts to state agencies which will be smaller cuts than previously proposed for social services. It sweeps or takes money out of some state accounts. It also preserves municipal aid and hospital funding.

Malloy 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," Malloy said. "I don't think there's a lot we can do about that."

The question is whether lawmakers will come back together then.

"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 Rep. Themis Klarides, Republican minority leader.

Next year's budget deficit is an estimated $900 million.

Friday is the deadline for many state workers planning to retire and the governor said once that number is known, pink slips will start going out.

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