- Associated Press - Thursday, April 21, 2016

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) - Layoffs are continuing in Connecticut state government, with 166 employees at the Department of Correction receiving pink slips.

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy’s budget office, the Office of Policy and Management, announced Thursday that most of the job cuts affect staff providing support services at the state’s prisons. However, 40 new correctional officers were also among those receiving layoff notices.

OPM said the prisons agency reviewed its staffing plan and will restructure assignments to reduce overtime costs. Some staff will be redeployed from non-inmate supervision to direct supervision.

The job cuts are part of an effort to cut costs to help cover a projected $922 million deficit in next fiscal year’s budget, which takes effect on July 1. Notices have been issued to 518 Executive Branch and 126 Judicial Branch workers.

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