Following proposed layoffs for state workers, unions are running new advertisements on TV, radio and online to encourage the governor to halt the layoffs.
Gov. Dannel Malloy’s proposed budget closes the more than $900 million deficit, but with significant cuts and layoffs, and many people are stepping up their efforts, hoping to put a stop to it, especially after more than 350 state workers received pink slips this week.
“There is an issue and it needs to be remedied but I just can't understand why we should be attacking services that children need, families need as the remedy,” said Darnell Ford, who is an employee for the Department of Children and Families.
The advertisement also highlights why they say the proposed budget will have devastating impacts on everyone in the state, from children to those who need mental health services and veterans.
So far, four agencies are being affected—the Department of Children and Families, the Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services, the Department of Corrections, and the Department of Social Services.
The layoffs could end up being close to 2,000, and the governor is looking to reduce the state workforce by 2,500.
"While I'm concerned about the layoffs, it can't be the first thing on my mind, I have to be there for the children,” Ford said.
There is a lot of push back on the proposed budget, but time is running out and it will need to be voted on and passed by May 4.
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