Uncategorized | 7:29 pm | April 7, 2011 | By Alon Harish

Malloy: state can handle federal government shutdown

According to Gov. Dannel Malloy, Connecticut is prepared to deal with the effects of a federal government shutdown — at least for three weeks.

The budget standoff coming to a head in Congress threatens to slow the flow of federal money to the states.

“Connecticut residents won’t notice a disruption in services or operations for a temporary shutdown,” Malloy said in a press release. But if a shutdown last longer than three weeks, Malloy said, the state’s ability to deliver “vital state services” will be compromised.

Malloy said the state’s delegation to Congress is working to resolve the standoff, which he described as a result of “political gamesmanship.”

A stopgap federal budget bill expires tomorrow, and the New York Times reported that President Barack Obama will meet with Congressional leaders at the White House for last-minute negotiations.

Two such negotiating sessions have recently failed.

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