Malloy\’s Budget Chief Keeps Pressure On

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The governor\’s budget chief Tuesday kept the pressure on state commissioners to defer unnecessary spending in the face of an expanding projected state budget deficit.

Last Friday, Benajmin Barnes, secretary of the Office of Policy and Management, increased the project deficit for the fiscal year ending June 30 from $79 million to $142 million. He blamed  a surprisingly high number of income tax refunds and a shortfall in the Medicaid program.

\”In particular,\” Barnes wrote in a letter to commissioners Tuesday, \”we remain concerned about income tax revenue which appears to be trending in the wrong direction as we go through our busiest collection week of the year.

\”We have already undertaken rescissions. We have already encouraged you to defer any purchases or commitments that can be deferred. …

\”I am writing to ask that you redouble your efforts to save money this year. Any efforts that you and your staffs can undertake to reduce our spending in FY 2012 will help us to end the year in balance, and will strengthen our position as we head into the new fiscal year.\”


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4 thoughts on “Malloy\’s Budget Chief Keeps Pressure On

  1. george

    It took Mr. Barnes and Gov. Malloy several months to admit that the Legislature’s Office of Fiscal Analysis was correct in their budget projections. There isn’t much time left in the fiscal year to save that much money to break even. Even though the Governor stated that the deficit is small percentage of the overall budget.

    If this was a Republican Governor, the Democratic Leadership in the Legislature would have prodded the Governor to take action. Instead, they will add money to the Governor’s budget, approve nearly a million dollars in raises for state police supervisors (Senate Resolution -10 (former Managers) then provide raises to thier managers, and do most of what the Governor wishes; instead of ensuring that the budget is balanced by the end of the fiscal year.

    I wonder how out of balance next years budget will be? What ever happened to Gov. Malloy’s pledge to reorganize and consolidate more agencies in the 2nd budget year? This was to include reducing the number of State Managers, eliminating unfilled positions, and moving displaced workers (from consolidated agencies) to open positions within other agencies. The Governor and the Legislature has failed to streamline Government and now there is another defecit and a pending larger deficit for next fiscal year!

  2. Chucky_Dee

    Wrong Way?!? What do they mean, wrong way? Revenues ALWAYS go down when RATES go up and vice versa…

    Revenues went the right way – just not what the greedy spenders wished for.

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