Malloy Touts Tourism, Avoids Details on State Spending Cut

Connecticut Gov. Dannel P. Malloy says the state's marketing efforts have boosted tourism, but he's avoided discussing details on how budget talks may ultimately affect state spending on tourism.

Malloy spoke Tuesday at the annual Connecticut Governor's Conference on Tourism in Hartford. He said state marketing has helped draw visitors to the state.

In a brief talk to marketing and tourism industry officials and business representatives, he said he'll be working with legislators to hammer out a budget. The governor and Democratic leaders began negotiations Monday.

With steep declines in revenue, Malloy proposed cutting spending on tourism to $10 million from $12 million and reductions for state parks, social services, libraries and other popular programs. State government faces a projected two-year, approximately $2.5 billion deficit.

Malloy has made tourism and marketing a priority.

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