by Jennifer Swift
Jan 30, 2014
02:53 PMConnecticut Politics
Connecticut Saving Money by Only Paying Harry Truman Once
Gov. Dannel P. Malloy met with editors and publishers from Connecticut's daily newspapers Thursday afternoon at the governor's residence in Hartford to go over his administration's plans to bolster the state's rainy day fund and issue small tax rebates to residents making less than $200,000 per year.
In a wide-ranging discussion on the budget Malloy inherited from former Gov. M. Jodi Rell, Malloy vowed to keep the growth of state spending at no more than 2.8 percent per year, which is what the state has averaged during Malloy's first three years in office.
One of the reasons Malloy said he's confident spending will continue to grow at a slow pace? Saving $60 million in fraud at the Department of Social Services. That includes making sure the same people -- in the example Malloy used, an imposter of President Harry S Truman -- aren't fraudulently obtaining multiple payments from the state.
"The DSS system that's responsible for spending about 18 percent of our total revenue was operating on an IT platform built in 1989," he said. " So if it sent four checks to the same location: Harry S. Truman, H. Truman, H.S. Truman and S. Truman, nothing went off to say that could be fraud. That's the state of the state that I inherited."
Malloy said he expects the number of state employees to continue to decrease as technology improves. (Malloy spokesman Andrew Doba said there are more than 1,000 fewer state employees now than there were before Malloy took office.)Connecticut Saving Money by Only Paying Harry Truman Once