Connecticut public safety workers to rally against layoffs

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Hartford Budget

HARTFORD — Police officers, firefighters, correctional officers and other public safety workers are planning a rally at the state Capitol to protest proposed state government layoffs and cuts to public services.

Democratic Gov. Dannel P. Malloy has said his goal is to cut roughly 1,900 state worker jobs by June 9 to address a $220 million deficit in the current budget. The cuts include layoffs, retirements and unfilled positions that have been eliminated.

Organizers say workers at the rally will speak about how the threat of the layoffs and cuts to vital services will make Connecticut a more dangerous place.

The rally is set for Tuesday morning. It was organized by the Connecticut Public Safety Employee Coalition, a group of labor unions representing about 10,000 state workers.