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  • Democrats Yet To Embrace Malloy's Proposed Budget Cuts

    Democrats Yet To Embrace Malloy's Proposed Budget Cuts
    HARTFORD — Under increasing pressure from liberal groups opposed to any more spending cuts for social services, Democratic legislators have not yet embraced Gov. Dannel P. Malloy's plan for more budget reductions and fewer tax increases as they...
  • Connecticut House Democrats to hire outside media consultant

    The majority Democrats in the Connecticut House of Representatives are hiring an outside media consulting firm to review the caucus' communications operations and recommend how it can improve getting its message out to the public. The planned...
  • Insurance Companies Favor Proposed Tax Change

    Insurance Companies Favor Proposed Tax Change
    One of the state's largest corporations, The Hartford, on Monday hailed a proposed rollback of a computer tax that has become highly controversial at the state Capitol. Two other large Connecticut insurers, Aetna and Travelers, agreed that proposed...
  • Disability Pension Issue Continues To Fester

    HARTFORD — A major issue concerning eligibility for state disability pensions — which state auditors said this week might already have cost the state millions in unwarranted payments to recipients who are no longer eligible — remained...
  • State Rep Wages One-Man Campaign Against Task Forces, Study Panels, Working Groups

    State Rep Wages One-Man Campaign Against Task Forces, Study Panels, Working Groups
    HARTFORD — As the legislative session was winding down, state lawmakers turned their focus to a bill that would establish a task force to study declining enrollment in the state's public schools. Both Republicans and Democrats spoke in support of...
  • A Second Chance for Second Chance?

    A Second Chance for Second Chance?
    Democratic lawmakers said Thursday they hope to pass two major criminal justice bills in an upcoming special session of the legislature. Gov. Dannel Malloy’s proposed “Second Chance” program to overhaul Connecticut’s drug laws...
  • Lawmakers Say They'll Revisit Taxes: GE Tells Employees It's Looking Elsewhere

    Lawmakers Say They'll Revisit Taxes: GE Tells Employees It's Looking Elsewhere
    HARTFORD — Gov. Dannel P. Malloy and Democratic and Republican legislative leaders said Thursday they are open to tweaking the tax side of a budget that has alarmed several large Connecticut employers. At the same time, General Electric told...
  • Senate, House Approve $40 Billion Budget; Gov Set To Sign It

    Senate, House Approve $40 Billion Budget; Gov Set To Sign It
    HARTFORD — After more than five hours of debate, the Senate voted 19-17 on mostly party lines to approve the two-year, $40 billion budget that raises taxes on corporations, wealthy individuals and the middle class. Two fiscally conservative...
  • A Surreal Night at the State Capitol

    A Surreal Night at the State Capitol
    The House of Representatives pulled an all-nighter on the final day of the 2015 legislative session as weary and cranky lawmakers awaited a vote on the state budget. Lawmakers talked through the night, debating a variety of bills, including one that...
  • GE, Aetna, Travelers Criticize State Tax Increases

    GE, Aetna, Travelers Criticize State Tax Increases
    HARTFORD — In an unprecedented move that stunned leaders, three of Connecticut's largest corporations — General Electric, Aetna and Travelers — criticized the legislature and Gov. Dannel P. Malloy on Monday for considering about $700...
  • Brendan Sharkey: Balanced Budget Deal Protects Middle Class

    Brendan Sharkey: Balanced Budget Deal Protects Middle Class
    Gov. Dannel P. Malloy and the General Assembly agreed this weekend on a state budget for the next two years that, despite an estimated billion dollar shortfall, is balanced, responsible, protects vital services for families, gives the middle class real...