When more than $200 million, some Republican leaders accused the governor of “manipulating” the budget projections so he could be a player in formulating the budget. The governor was shutout out of budget negotiations by legislative leaders. Under state law, however, if the projected deficit is one percent of the annual budget, the governor is permitted to offer his own mitigation plan.
Connecticut Gov. Dannel P. Malloy’s office announced last month that the state’s current budget was in the red by
Well it turns out state Comptroller Kevin Lembo, whose office is separate from the governor’s, on Friday that the projected deficit is over $200 million. Thus, constitutionally, the governor has every right to become a player in the budget game. And he will do just that, when he and leaders meet on Wednesday.
The sad part of the story, however, is that the state budget is once again in deficit, setting off these triggers.