Gov. Dannel Malloy announced Tuesday that he would make $78.6 million in emergency spending cuts, according to The Day.
Malloy said that the cuts, which are being made to put the state budget back into balance, are due to declining state tax projections. The Department of Children and Families' budget will see the biggest reduction by $28.4 million, while, according to the Connecticut Mirror, budgets for the Department of Mental Health and Addiction and the Department of Education will be reduced by $14.5 million and $3.2 million, respectively. Cuts are also being made to cultural institutions across the state, including the Mystic Aquarium.
Malloy told reporters that additional budget cutting in the mid-year would not be ruled out. Without these cuts, according to The Day, the state is projected to face a $73.6 million shortfall.
“The state budget is teetering on the edge of the deficit cliff, even though everyone is paying $1.7 billion more in taxes this year,” state Rep. Gail Lavielle, a Republican representing Wilton and Norwalk in the 143rd House District,