You are reading that correctly - despite the Governor denying this reality 48 hours ago, Secretary of the Office of Policy and Management, Ben Barnes, is addressing a legislative committee today and will admit that the state budget deficit is at least $365 million dollars.
In the days leading up to the election, the Malloy Administration stuck to their claim that the state budget deficit was $60 million.
Just three days after the election, the number they'd admit too increased by another $50 million.
But as Keith Phaneuf wrote in the CTMirror, and as was reported here at Wait, What?, the true deficit was at least $300 to $350 million.
A state budget of $365 million is, as Phaneuf writes, "nearly double the level needed to compel Gov. Dannel P. Malloy to prepare a deficit-mitigation plan, according to written testimony from Malloy's budget chief."
Barnes' told the Legislature that, "All told, these changes result in a projected deficit of $365 million."
Barnes was silent on why the Malloy administration provided State Comptroller Kevin Lembo with different, and inappropriately more rosy numbers just days ago.