THURSDAY EVENING UPDATE

STATE LAYOFFS POSSIBLE

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) – Connecticut Gov. Dannel P. Malloy says his budget office has developed a “statewide workforce reduction contingency plan” in case the administration can’t reach a labor savings deal with state employees. The Democrat said collective bargaining units were formally notified Thursday about the plan. That step allows the state to begin issuing layoff notices to more than 1,000 individuals in May, if necessary. Malloy says those 1,000 reductions would be “a first step toward resolving” the state’s estimated $1.7 billion deficit. 

 

THURSDAY MORNING UPDATE

GROTON UPSET

 

Emotions pour at a joint meeting last night of the Groton Town Council and the board of education.  The two panels are going at each other over budget cuts to the school system, prompted mainly by the governor’s budget which drastically cuts state aid to the community.  Superintendent Michael Graner says the word is out across Connecticut that Groton is “dismantling” its school system and that it “breaks my heart.”  He’ll have to close Pleasant Valley Elementary School,