Answer: Possibly fewer than the 50 that huddled with new Democratic Governor Dannel Malloy today at the capitol.
Malloy, sworn in January 5, held an open meet-and-greet with his commissioners.
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Some commissioners had to take seats at the edge of the room and balance their name cards on their laps.
Malloy said he plans regular meetings with his commissioners. But he encouraged them to feel free to do their jobs and said he has no interest in being a micro-manager.
But Malloy also added, “I don’t want to be surprised by anything. If there’s really good news, we’d like to know it first. Really bad news, we’d like to know it first.”
Malloy took questions from reporters afterward and I asked him if Connecticut has too many commissioners.
“I have never hidden my desire to see a fair amount of consolidation in state government,” Malloy said.
Earlier in the day the legislature’s Republican minority proposed consolidating 43 agencies into 11.
Malloy is scheduled to deliver his first budget address on February 16.