Highlights from Connecticut Gov. Malloy's proposed 2-year, $40 billion state budget

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The following are highlights of Democratic Gov. Dannel P. Malloy's proposed two-year, $40 billion budget for the state of Connecticut:

— Increases overall spending by 3.3 percent in the first year and 3.1 percent in the second year.

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— About 300 to 400 unfilled state jobs will remain vacant for an entire year.

— The budget does not include any state employee layoffs, furlough days or early retirement proposals.

— Eliminates the $50 clothing exemption from the state sales tax.

— Reduces the sales tax rate from 6.35 percent to 5.95 percent by April 1, 2017.

— Delays planned increase in personal income tax exemption for single filers. Also delays increase in Earned Income Tax Credit program.

— Eliminates the $250 biennial business entity tax.

— Limits use of tax credits by hospitals and corporations.

— Reduces burial benefit funded by the State Administered General Assistance program from $1,800 to $1,000.

— Closes Department of Social Services office in Torrington as part of consolidation effort.

— Includes funding for 25 new clients annually in Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services young adult services program.

— Moves adults on HUSKY A health insurance program with income at 138 percent above federal poverty level to state's health insurance exchange.

— Reduces the monthly personal needs allowance for nursing home residents from $60 to $50.

— Closes new intake for state-funded home health care for individuals at risk of hospitalization or short-term nursing home care.

— Includes design and engineering funding for the I-84 viaduct, expansion of I-95 from Stamford to Bridgeport, the Waterbury mix-master and the I-91 ramp to the Charter Oak Bridge.

— Includes funding for new rail cars, repairs to bridges along New Haven Line, expansion of rail stations, expansion of bus services and construction of parking facilities.

— Creates commission to come up with ideas to fund $100 billion of transportation projects over 30 years.

— Provides funding to add about 1,800 more seats in magnet schools and 1,250 seats in charter schools.

— Keeps funding at current levels for state's Education Cost Sharing grant to local schools.

— Charges municipalities the full cost of the resident state trooper program.

— Extends hours for liquor sales and changes to fixed pricing system.

Sources: Office of Gov. Dannel P. Malloy and Connecticut Office of Policy and Management.