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State workers negotiated a deal with Governor Rell that's supposed to save the state about $700 million over the next two years. It includes wage freezes, three unpaid furlough days, and increased employee contributions to benefits. In return the state agreed not to have laoffs for the next two years.
But some critics say those concessions don't go far enough - given the current economic climate. They say most businesses can't guarantee no layoffs, and can't afford a benefits package as rich as state workers get.
Today, Where We Live, we'll continue our conversation about the direction of the state during this budget crisis. Two weeks ago, we talked to John Rathgeber of the Connecticut Business and Industry Association. Today, we'll welcome representatives from The State Employees Bargaining Agent Coalition and Better Choices for Connecticut. They'll respond to the Governor's newest budget proposal and talk about their roles in helping to navigate the state's fiscal crisis.
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