Adding insult to injury, the State Comptroller announced state police union dues will rise 2.5 percent the same day the Hartford Courant reported 57 troopers will get pink slips.

Gov. Dannel Malloy is laying off about 6,500 state employees to fill a $1.6 billion budget gap over the next two years. Less than 500 layoffs have been announced.

The layoffs became necessary when state employees voted down a tentative agreement between Malloy and their union representatives, the State Employee Bargaining Agent Coalition.

According to the Comptroller’s Office, the state collected $31.8 million in dues on behalf of SEBAC member unions last year.

The Comptroller issued an interdepartmental memorandum announcing the dues change Wednesday. Members of the state police union will pay $27.36 each pay period, up 66 cents, beginning in the current pay period. The change amounts to $17.16 annually.