HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — The Republican leaders of the Connecticut General Assembly called on Democratic Gov. Dannel P. Malloy Thursday to support their efforts to end the practice of making payments for longevity on the job to certain veteran state employees.

Senate Minority Leader John McKinney and House Minority Leader Lawrence Cafero asked Malloy in a letter to back an amendment the minority party plans to propose that would eliminate the special bonuses for non-union state employees. Malloy has criticized the special twice-a-year payments, which begin after a state workers has 10 years on the job, saying they are a luxury the state cannot afford.

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