The state's budget battle continued over layoffs and retirements and on Friday, more than 300 state employees gave their notice to retire.
Legislative leaders announced this week. They have reached a bi-partisan agreement to fix this year’s deficit.
Gov. Dannel P. Malloy said layoffs are still needed. The number will depend on how many state workers retire and what state workers are willing to negotiate in give-backs.
There are 360 state workers that have now given notice for retirement. But, it will take a lot more than that to achieve the savings the governor and lawmakers are looking for.
"If you look at the 288 vacancies that were the result of us not filling those positions this past year,” Malloy said. “And this number it’s perhaps a good portion of what we had to do, but we have to do more."
Eyewitness News was told the state would have to lay off 2,900 state workers to achieve $200 million in savings. Next year's budget deficit is more than 4 times that.
“The problem is if you are not going to make structural changes that change the way government operates, this is how it’s going to continue,” Minority Leader Themis Klarides said.
Republicans said the answer to the budget problems is having a long term plan, not making drastic cuts every few months.
As for layoff notices, those have to go out within the next two weeks.
The fiscal year ends on June 30.
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