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Layoffs loom as deadline for retirement decision approaches

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As the state seeks to close a massive budget deficit, many state employees have until Friday to decide if they wish to retire. 

Gov. Dannel Malloy warned that there would be layoffs but said if enough state employees decided to retire, the amount would be reduced. 

"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."

A bi-partisan agreement to close a $220 million gap this fiscal year kept layoffs off the table temporarily, but that's changing for the next fiscal year because of the $900 million budget hole facing state lawmakers.

The governor said if state workers don't make sacrifices, jobs will be slashed. Some lawmakers said up 1,900 jobs are at stake. Legislators are also looking for higher co-pays on health insurance and cutting back on overtime.

"Now we are looking ahead at the more difficult part of the process, " said Sen. Martin Looney, a Democrat.

"The governor has a short window to act. Any layoffs have to be made before June 9," said Republican Sen. Len Fasano, minority leader. "Payrolls roll over to July, so he has to act quickly."

The fiscal year ends on June 30.

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