Budget talks between Malloy, legislative leaders resume

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HARTFORD —  Budget talks resume Monday as Gov. Dannel P. Malloy and legislative leaders go behind closed-doors for talks, hoping to come up with a bipartisan plan to tackle a mid-year shortfall.

The Democratic governor and Democratic and Republican leaders were scheduled to meet Monday afternoon.

Malloy and lawmakers have already floated various ideas for closing the gap in this year’s approximate $20 billion budget. The legislators say the shortfall is $350 million to $370 million.

While there appears to be agreement on some proposals, such as delaying pay raises for managers, there are disagreements. The GOP and Senate Democrats support a retirement incentive for state employees. The House Democrats oppose it.

House Speaker Brendan Sharkey said the group set a tentative Dec. 4 deadline for a deal. A special session would be held before Christmas.