- Associated Press - Saturday, March 12, 2016

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) - Democratic legislative leaders say they’re exploring ways to balance Connecticut’s current fiscal year budget, which is burdened by deficits.

The leaders said in a letter to Democratic Gov. Dannel P. Malloy they’re examining targeted cuts to municipal aid, expensive programs and state contracts with vendors.

Malloy has asked Democratic and Republican lawmakers to come up with ideas to help fix the budget shortfall, which is estimated to be at least $220 million. The new fiscal year beginning July 1 is projected to be about $900 million in deficit.

Malloy has made his own budget-cutting suggestions, including reducing the state workforce.

Senate Republican Leader Len Fasano says layoffs would be unnecessary if unionized workers would agree to two furlough days.

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