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Connecticut Cuts $170 Million In State Spending

FAIRFIELD COUNTY, Conn. — Local organizations such as Stamford's Palace Theatre have lost some state funding in budget cuts announced Wednesday by Connecticut's budget office.

The state is facing a $365 million budget shortfall, and Wednesday's cuts total about $170 million, the budget office said in a statement.

“Many of these cuts are very difficult to make, especially now when so many residents continue to struggle in a tough economy,” Ben Barnes, secretary of Connecticut's Office of Policy Management, in a statement.

“And we should all remember that as difficult as some of these reductions are to make now, there are more, even tougher choices ahead," he said.

The Palace Theatre stands to lose about $15,000 in state funding. Norwalk's Stepping Stones Museum for Children loses only about $1,700. Click here to see the complete list of cuts.

The state Legislature's plan to make up the rest of the shortfall is due in December, Barnes said.