Robert J. Kane

Lawmakers Analyze Conflicting Budget Deficit Numbers

Lawmakers Analyze Conflicting Budget Deficit Numbers

With budget numbers conflicting, top Republicans tried to clarify the state's current financial status during an informational hearing Wednesday.

Over the past two months, the numbers have gone up and down – alternating between a tiny surplus and then a projected deficit.

Lawmakers hashed out the issue for one hour Wednesday with state officials, but two key officials – state budget director Ben Barnes and Comptroller Kevin Lembo – said they had scheduling conflicts and did not attend.

The situation started on August 20 when Gov. Dannel P. Malloy's budget office, headed by Barnes, projected a budget surplus of $200,000 for the current fiscal...

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