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Effects of budget standoff ripple through Fairfield

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FAIRFIELD -

Gov. Dannel Malloy said Wednesday that Connecticut is operating "extremely well" without a state budget, but the crisis is already causing problems locally.

The governor is running only essential services by executive order after state lawmakers missed their deadline of last Friday to pass a new budget.

"I think the state's holding up extremely well, except we don't have a budget," Malloy says. "I would have preferred a mini-budget rather than executive order."

On the roads, Fairfield has already suspended most paving work.

"We will clear the roads. We will patch the roads, but you'll see an immediate cutback in paving," says First Selectman Mike Tetreau. "Library hours may be adjusted."

Although Fairfield beaches will stay open all summer, almost everything else is fair game for cuts.

Fairfield will not make cuts to the police department or the fire department.

If the budget stalemate drags on, Town Hall could even close one day a week.

Fairfield is planning on receiving $5 million from the state, but until lawmakers pass a budget, they won't see a dime of it.

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