- Associated Press - Thursday, August 4, 2016

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) - A legislator and two advocacy groups say Gov. Dannel P. Malloy cannot cut the budgets of Connecticut’s three watchdog agencies.

Democratic Rep. Toni Walker of New Haven is co-chairman of the budget-writing committee. She said Thursday that she “vehemently disagreed” with claims Malloy isn’t restricted by a 2004 law prohibiting governors from reducing budgets of the state elections, ethics and freedom of information commissions.

Malloy’s budget chief says lawmakers granted the Democratic governor authority to hold back funding. The Connecticut Council on Freedom of Information insists that’s wrong.

Common Cause of Connecticut Executive Director Cheri Quickmire says Malloy “appears to be putting his own political interests” over the state’s interest in honest government. Malloy’s 2014 re-election campaign is under federal investigation.

A spokesman says administration officials value the agencies’ work.

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