Connecticut Gov. M. Jodi Rell yesterday called on lawmakers to cut spending in light of Moody’s Investors Service decision Monday to lower the state’s rating outlook to negative.

“What is needed now is sure and decisive action to reduce the size and cost of state government so as to ease the burden on Connecticut’s struggling families and employers, avoid the pitfalls of quick fixes, and position our state for long-term financial security and opportunity,” Rell said in a press release. “We must finally accept the necessity — indeed, the inevitability — of further reductions in state spending if we are to avoid setting up future generations for fiscal failure.”

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