The health care reform law also prompted the Malloy administration to propose that about 40,000 higher-income Medicaid recipients, such as some parents of children on the HUSKY health insurance program, transition into the new health care exchange and sign up for private coverage with a subsidy. Additionally, Barnes said the budget cuts tens of millions of dollars from small social service programs.
Malloy has already released various details of his budget. On Tuesday, he announced that his plan dedicates an additional $152 million over two years to the Education Cost Sharing grant, the state's major grant program for local education affecting 117 cities and towns.
Malloy said much of the additional money will target some of the state's most troubled schools.
A state education task force recently recommended increasing state spending on ECS.
Malloy also has proposed a $1.5 billion, 10-year plan to boost science, technology and engineering at the University of Connecticut and a $200 million, 10-year fund to help attract more bioscience companies and jobs to the state. Borrowed money, or bonding, will be used to help pay for both initiatives.
House Minority Leader Lawrence Cafero Jr., a Norwalk Republican, said he was dismayed by Malloy's plan to spend so much on UConn during difficult economic times.
"My first reaction is, 'Say it ain't so, governor. Say it ain't so,'" Cafero said last week.
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