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  • State Deficit Continues To Worsen Amid Weaker Tax Revenue

    State Deficit Continues To Worsen Amid Weaker Tax Revenue
    HARTFORD — With the income tax, cigarette taxes and casino money all coming in lower than expected, the governor's budget office is now projecting a deficit of nearly $162 million in the current fiscal year.
  • What's The Point Of A Toothless Spending Cap?

    What's The Point Of A Toothless Spending Cap?
    Since it was hastily initiated in 1991 to help sell the state income tax, the state's spending cap has functioned somewhat like a dead animal in the road — it has slowed the spenders as they try to get around it. But get around it they do. For...

    Committee Eliminates Money For New Charter Schools

    Committee Eliminates Money For New Charter Schools
    HARTFORD — The legislature's appropriations committee offered a version of the state budget Monday that brought mixed news for students, ranging from the inclusion of funding for extended-day programs in the neediest school districts and...

    Committee Votes To Alter Spending Cap, Restores Some Cuts In State Budget

    Committee Votes To Alter Spending Cap, Restores Some Cuts In State Budget
    HARTFORD — The legislature's appropriations committee approved a budget Monday that, by using a new definition of the state's mandatory spending cap, allowed it to restore millions to popular programs that had been cut under the governor's...

    Legislative budget restoring cuts clears Connecticut panel

    Democrats in the Connecticut General Assembly rebuffed many of the Democratic governor's proposed spending cuts on Monday, approving an alternative plan that fully or partially restores reductions to budget items ranging from mental health care grants...