Hotline to yield state support questions

(07/16/03) NEW HAVEN - The budget debate is all about numbers, but Wednesday's event was about a different kind of number. Toll-free hotlines have been established to identify people or agencies not receiving their usual state support.

House Majority Leader James Amann (D-Milford) says the toll-free numbers would help taxpayers report problems with state services during the budget crisis. The numbers are 800-521-7826 and 866-290-0828.

Meanwhile, State Attorney General Richard Blumenthal said Governor Rowland (R-CT) may issue an executive order to keep essential government operations running without a state budget. He also says the legislature may adopt a mini-budget to spend money temporarily, subject to a veto by the governor.

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