Conn. agency heads asked to reduce more spending
HARTFORD, Conn.—Gov. Dannel P. Malloy's budget director is asking state agency heads in Connecticut to redouble their efforts to cut spending.
Benjamin Barnes, the secretary of the state's Office of Policy and Management, sent a letter on Tuesday to Malloy's commissioners, asking them to come up with ways reduce spending in the current fiscal year, which ends on June 30.
Barnes said Malloy's administration has already begun making budget cuts using the governor's authority. Agency heads have already been urged to defer any purchases or spending commitments. He said those efforts have been positive, but more needs to be done to "strengthen our position as we head into the new fiscal year."
The administration is predicting a nearly $142 million deficit in this year's approximate $20 billion budget.