Gov. Dannel P. Malloy ordered $65 million in executive branch budget cuts Wednesday following a meeting with legislative leaders.
Malloy also asked the legislative and judicial branches to cut about $4.2 million and $9.35 million, respectively.
Malloy said he needs the legislature’s help in cutting the remainder of the money to close the 2016 budget deficit. Legislative leaders and Malloy agreed Wednesday to find the rest of the money before the end of the month.
“We’ve agreed that the legislature has to take this up by the end of the month,” Malloy said Wednesday.
The legislature’s Office of Fiscal Analysis projected that the state is facing a $266 million deficit this year, and a $900 million deficit in 2017.
Malloy’s rescissions will impact social services and higher education the hardest.
The Department of Developmental Services took the biggest hit having to cut $17.2 million. The Department of Social Services will have to cut $3.2 million, at least half of which will come from Medicaid. The Department of Children and Families will have to cut $6.5 million, and the Board of Regents for Higher Education will have to cut about $1.9 million, while the University of Connecticut will have to cut $4 million.
“These were difficult decisions, but ones that nevertheless have to be made to ensure that we don’t spend more than we actually have,” Malloy said in a statement. “I appreciate our recent discussions with legislative leadership, and hope they will continue to be productive and lead to a bipartisan solution. Together, we must adjust our overall spending expectations.”
House Speaker Brendan Sharkey, D-Hamden, said Democratic legislative leaders will release their proposed budget cuts by the end of the week and expect to vote on a package before the end of the month.
Republican legislative leaders released their budget proposal to cut about $220 million from this year’s budget Tuesday.