Republicans Call For Special Session On Budget Deficit

Lawmakers during a budget hearing.
Lawmakers during a budget hearing. (Hugh McQuaid photo.)

HARTFORD, Conn. – Republican lawmakers called on Gov. Dannel P. Malloy Friday to convene a special legislative session to address a shortfall in the state budget, which Republicans believe is larger than the administration has acknowledged.

Incoming Republican leaders Rep. Themis Klarides and Sen. Len Fasano sent a letter to Malloy’s office Friday afternoon during a joint hearing of the Appropriations and Finance Committees, where fiscal analysts from two agencies were briefing lawmakers.

“Based on reports by the Office of Fiscal Analysis, we believe the actual deficit may be much greater than what has been reported by the Office of Policy and Management. Our calculations find the deficit to be surpassing the 1 percent threshold that would trigger deficit mitigation,” the two Republicans wrote.

The Malloy administration has placed the budget deficit at $99.5 million, about $10.4 million more than the Office of Fiscal Analysis has estimated. But the Republican lawmakers contend the deficit could be twice as large, and could surpass the $175 million threshold that would require legislative action.

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