Gov. Dannel P. Malloy’s budget office said Wednesday that it has eliminated 724 positions from executive branch agencies. That’s about 12 more than were announced earlier this month.
A few months ago, Malloy said in order to achieve the savings they needed to reach in the budget they would need to layoff an estimated 2,000 employees by June 10.
“There will likely be more layoffs as we work with agencies to refine their budget plans for the next fiscal year,” Gian-Carl Casa, undersecretary for Legislative Affairs at the Office of Policy and Management, said.
There is about $255 million in labor savings built into the 2017 budget, which starts on July 1. That’s in addition to about $69 million in unspecified labor savings the administration is expected to achieve.
Meanwhile, most of the 239 permanent full-time and 61 temporary judicial branch employees will be separated from state service at the end of the day.
The Office of Policy and Management said more layoffs are expected.
“It is important to note that notices regarding workforce reductions will occur over time,” the memo announcing the most recent numbers said. “This is a difficult process, one that we aim to ensure is done respectfully and legally. As such, there will be additional reduction notices in the future. We will continue to notify the public as future notices go out.”