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Malloy orders immediate cuts to balance current state budget

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) Gov. Dannel P. Malloy is ordering $33 million in immediate cuts, among other steps, to balance Connecticut's current budget without having to borrow money.

The fiscal year ends June 30 with a projected $389 million deficit.

The Democrat said Wednesday in a letter to legislative leaders that ``aggressive steps'' are needed to ensure this year's budget ends in balance. His plan reduces programs throughout state government and spends the state's entire $235 budget reserve fund.

It also seeks legislative approval to sweep revenue from dozens of state accounts and take other actions, such as not paying cities and towns over $19 million in June from the state's share of slot machine revenue at the two tribal casinos.

Malloy also proposed cuts to the judicial and legislative branches of government.