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GOP wants hearing on size of Connecticut's new deficit

Republican legislative leaders are calling for a public hearing to learn more about the state of Connecticut's current budget situation.

House Minority Leader Themis Klarides (THEHM'-his KLEHR'-ih-dehs) and Senate Minority Leader Len Fasano say Democratic Gov. Dannel P. Malloy's budget office should appear before the General Assembly's budget-writing committees to clarify the size of the latest deficit.

The legislature's Office of Fiscal Analysis says the state's main spending account has a deficit of almost $78 million. Republicans note how Malloy's office last month didn't notify the comptroller of a deficit in the $18 billion account.

Klarides says Malloy is...