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  • State Tax-Study Panel Convenes To Evaluate How To Modernize Tax Policy

    State Tax-Study Panel Convenes To Evaluate How To Modernize Tax Policy
    HARTFORD — A legislature-created panel charged with reviewing state and local tax structure convened Monday for the first of a series of meetings it will hold before it is due to release recommendations by Jan. 1. The panel was created under a law...
  • A Verdict Prompts A Question: How Did Rowland Not Learn His Lesson The First Time?

    A Verdict Prompts A Question: How Did Rowland Not Learn His Lesson The First Time?
    How could John Rowland tempt fate again, a decade after his crooked dealings with state contractors sent him tumbling from the governor's office into federal prison? How did he not learn his lesson? Why didn't he make the best of the golden opportunities...
  • Ernie Newton Loses Bid To Return To Bridgeport House Seat; Andre Baker Wins Nomination

    Ernie Newton Loses Bid To Return To Bridgeport House Seat; Andre Baker Wins Nomination
    BRIDGEPORT — Ernie Newton, a former state lawmaker seeking a legislative comeback after serving time in prison, lost Tuesday night to Andre Baker in the Democratic primary for the 124th House District. Newton, the party endorsed candidate, conceded...
  • Lockwood To Challenge New London's Hewett

    Rep. Ernest Hewett, the New London Democrat who made headlines for his controversial remark to a 17-year-old student in 2013, now faces a Republican opponent. Andrew Lockwood, a one-time high school dropout who later returned to school and got a law...
  • Democratic Incumbents Facing Primary Challenges

    HARTFORD – Political incumbents are traditionally well-loved in their hometowns, but sometimes that is not the case for all. Next week, eight Democratic incumbents in the state legislature are facing challenges for their seats in the August 12...
  • Short-Term Judges Win Pension Lottery

    You are right to wonder why a hefty tax increase and claims to have gotten spending under control have not brought stable finances to state government. Sometimes a jarring example will help explain something as complex as Connecticut's troubled, growing...
  • Car Tax Is Wrong Battle For Regional Reformers

    Grand plans sometimes stumble on secondary issues. We hope this doesn't happen to the MORE Commission. The MORE Commission (for Municipal Opportunities & Regional Entities) is attempting to make the state and its towns run more efficiently and less...
  • Malloy Says Shutdown Could Undercut Recovery

    Malloy Says Shutdown Could Undercut Recovery
    HARTFORD — Spurred by the threat that a congressional showdown over Obamacare will shut down the federal government, Gov. Dannel P. Malloy's budget director asked heads of state agencies Tuesday for contingency plans by Oct. 1 on how to maintain...
  • Malloy Signs Gun Control Bill, One Of Strictest In Nation

    Malloy Signs Gun Control Bill, One Of Strictest In Nation
    HARTFORD — Flanked by family members of Newtown massacre victims and the legislative leaders who spent months trying to respond to their tragedy, Gov. Dannel P. Malloy signed a sweeping gun-control bill Thursday whose big provisions — such...
  • Secretly Drafted Bill Would Leave Release of Some Newtown Investigative Records Up To Families

     Secretly Drafted Bill Would Leave Release of Some Newtown Investigative Records Up To Families
    A secretly drafted bill to block release of photos, tapes of 911 calls and death certificates related to the Dec. 14 Newtown elementary school massacre could be acted on in the General Assembly as early as the end of the week, officials said Wednesday....
  • Regionalism Panel Promises MORE For The Money

    Is it any wonder that Connecticut is considered a high-cost state? We have a state government, plus 169 local governments, plus hundreds of regional entities that overlap and bear little relation to each other. And to pay for this redundant mishmash, we...