Barnes says Connecticut’s economy growing at faster pace

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Gov. Dannel P. Malloy’s budget director says Connecticut’s fiscal picture appears to be brightening as the Democrat’s time in office is nearing an end.

Office of Policy and Management Secretary Ben Barnes told the General Assembly’s Appropriations Committee on Tuesday that Connecticut’s economy is “growing at a much faster pace than it has (over) the last eight years.”

Barnes’ remarks came during a presentation on state agency mid-year budget shortfalls.

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The office is projecting a nearly $70 million overall shortfall, which includes increased overtime costs at the Departments of Correction and Emergency Services and Public Protection, due to low staffing levels and other factors.

The Office of the Chief Medical Examiner reports a nearly $400,000 budget shortfall, noting how drug deaths have increased by 290 percent between 2012 and 2017.

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