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Rell unveils plans to close deficit

HARTFORD — Gov. M. Jodi Rell today delivered a $1.1 billion deficit mitigation plan to the General Assembly that does not call for state employee layoffs or tax increase. It is  her third such plan since November.

Rell unveiled her plan to cut this fiscal year’s $1.1 billion budget deficit, which needs legislative approval.

According to the plan, it will use about $282 million of the state’s $1.4 billion Rainy Day Fund. It also assumes Connecticut will receive nearly $384 million this year from the federal economic stimilus package. The plan also calls for  reductions to health programs for the needy and elderly.

Rell is also proposing expanded hours of alcohol sales at the state’s two Indian casinos and an expanded bottle redemption law to raise more revenue.

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