Conn. to Lay Off 328 State Workers

Wednesday, Jul 13, 2011  |  Updated 2:49 PM EDT
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Conn. to Lay Off 328 State Workers

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Connecticut Gov. Dannel P. Malloy speaks to the media at the Capitol in Hartford, Conn. His administration is planning cuts and closures to try and balance the state's budget.

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The Malloy administration will lay off 328 state employees in the first wave of job cuts as it seeks to balance the two-year, $40.1 billion budget.

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy released details of job reductions Wednesday. The governor's office says the Department of Corrections will take the brunt of the layoffs as it loses 222 jobs. Of those, 191 are correction officers.

The state plans to close the Bergin Correctional Institution in Mansfield in August and the Enfield Correctional Institution in Enfield by October.

The Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services is losing 89 jobs and the remaining cuts are from three other agencies.

Malloy said Tuesday that because of state rules governing layoffs, employees can be required to leave in two, four or six weeks.

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