HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) _ Gov. Dannel P. Malloy’s budget chief is apologizing for a mistake in the Democrat’s proposed state budget, which miscalculated whether the plan is below Connecticut’s constitutional cap on state spending.
Ben Barnes acknowledged Tuesday Malloy’s budget for the new fiscal year beginning July 1 exceeds the cap by about $55 million. He originally said the first year of the two-year, $40 billion budget was $6.3 million below the cap.
In the second year, Malloy’s proposal is now $80 million below the cap, instead of $135.8 million.
Barnes blamed the error on data pulled from an outside vendor.
Senate Minority Leader Len Fasano said Republicans knew immediately Malloy’s budget exceeded the cap. The GOP contends it actually exceeds the cap by $101 million because of the fiscal methods used by Malloy.