Connecticut’s Office of Policy and Management has announced $170 million in spending cuts to meet half of its estimated budget shortfall for the current fiscal year.

Wednesday’s announcement came two weeks after OPM Secretary Benjamin Barnes told the state legislature’s appropriations committee that Connecticut was facing a $365 million deficit — almost twice as large as the $205 million estimate and nearly double the level necessary for Gov. Dannel Malloy to prepare a deficit-reduction plan.

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