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In July Gov. M. Jodi Rell solicited the help of state employees in resolving the state budget deficit and today she went one step further by soliciting the help of the public.

“We welcome scrutiny. We welcome ideas,” Rell said in a press release. “This is not my budget, nor the Legislature’s. It belongs to the taxpayers of Connecticut who have a right to be part of the process, and most importantly, the solution.”

The nonpartisan Office of Fiscal Analysis has estimated that the budget deficit in 2010 may be as much as $1 billion. Rell and the General Assembly will address the $300 million 2009 budget deficit during a special session on Nov. 24.

To submit your ideas to the governor visit her Web site: http://www.ct.gov/governorrell