- Associated Press - Monday, March 14, 2016

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) - Democratic Gov. Dannel P. Malloy’s budget director is taking back earlier approval given to Connecticut state agencies to fill some vacant positions.

Ben Barnes in a letter sent Monday to agency heads said only those jobs for which there’s been “a bona fide offer of employment” by close of business Tuesday will be filled.

The letter also says there will be no automatic refill of positions. Requests to establish or refill jobs will not be granted until further notice, except for critical positions.

The letter marks the latest effort by Malloy to address the current fiscal year deficit, estimated to be at least $220 million. The budget is about $20 billion.

Commissioners were also told to find additional savings in their budgets for this fiscal year, which ends June 30.

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