In fact, Connecticut is about to do something never tried in West Virginia.
Connecticut is laying off state employees.
From the Hartford Courant:
A portion of the workers slated to lose their jobs -- officials could not say how many -- received notice on Monday. Gov. Dannel P. Malloy said as many as 2,000 state workers could be laid off due to the state's budget crisis.
Malloy said he expects to release his revised budget on Tuesday.
"Wer'e going to have a new budget for you tomorrow afternoon,'' Malloy said Monday, following a brief meeting with legislative leaders at the state Capitol. "That's being worked on. It's the fastest turnaround on a budget that Connecticut ever seen before.''
The Democratic will be releasing a revised budget next week to fill the final $360 million of a projected $933 million budget gap in the next fiscal year, which starts July 1. There will be no tax increases in the revised document.
Regarding layoffs, Malloy said: "things are progressing on a department-by-department basis."
"The process has been underway for a long time and as plans are approved by department, they are progressing,'' he said.
Malloy said he understands that state employees are "on pins and needles" and he reiterated that the layoffs are not their fault.
"We have to realign our expenditures with our numbers,'' Malloy said.No one likes to see this happen, but if the taxpaying companies have to layoff, so should the tax receiving government.
Oh and when the Gazette bitches, ask Betty Chilton how many employees Charleston Newspapers had when she bought it 12 years ago and how many it has today.
An I applaud her for doing so. Nothing personal, just business.