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February 10, 2017

OP-ED | Governor, It’s Time to Stop Dropping Bombs and Start Constructive Conversations

by Sarah Darer Littman | February 10, 2017 12:00pm

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This week, Betsy DeVos, despite her terrifying ignorance of the fact that the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act is a federal law that it will be her job to enforce, was confirmed as Secretary of Education thanks to the tie-breaking vote of Vice-President Mike Pence.

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OP-ED | Malloy’s Dizzying Budget Storm Targets Towns

by Terry Cowgill | February 10, 2017 5:30am

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As I write this on Thursday morning, an awesome white cloud is swirling around the mountains and valleys of the Northwest Corner. The ivory blitz is proceeding at a pace so blinding that I can scarcely track the inches of accumulation. Come to think of it, that’s an apt metaphor for the dizzying array of budgetary pronouncements that have come out of the Malloy administration just in the last 10 days or so.

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February 8, 2017

Malloy Makes Equity Argument In Favor of More Money for 31 Communities

by Jack Kramer | February 8, 2017 2:03pm

ctnewsjunkie HARTFORD, CT — As promised, Gov. Dannel P. Malloy unveiled a two-year budget that takes money from Connecticut’s wealthier communities and redistributes it to less affluent cities and towns.

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Officials Brace Themselves For Budget Cuts

by Christine Stuart | February 8, 2017 5:30am

ctnewsjunkie file photo Lawmakers and local elected officials are bracing for Democratic Gov. Dannel P. Malloy’s budget address and what’s expected to be hefty cuts in order to balance next year’s more than $1.5 billion budget deficit.

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February 6, 2017

Malloy Will Pitch Changes To Education Formula

by Christine Stuart | February 6, 2017 2:16pm

Christine Stuart / ctnewsjunkie NEW BRITAIN, CT — Gov. Dannel P. Malloy offered a preview Monday of what municipalities and school districts can expect when it comes education aid.

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February 3, 2017

Malloy Proposes Shifting One Third of Teacher Retirement Costs to Towns

by Jack Kramer | February 3, 2017 1:52pm

Jack Kramer / ctnewsjunkie HARTFORD, CT — Gov. Dannel P. Malloy is proposing that municipalities start covering one-third — or $407 million starting in fiscal year 2017-18 — of the teacher retirement costs in the state of Connecticut.

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January 31, 2017

Malloy Offers Carrot To Municipalities Bracing For Budget Cuts

by Christine Stuart | January 31, 2017 1:58pm

Christine Stuart / ctnewsjunkie HARTFORD, CT — It’s still unclear how much state aid Democratic Gov. Dannel P. Malloy will give to cities and towns when he unveils his budget next week, but at the very least it will include mandate relief.

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January 25, 2017

Municipal Leaders Try To Write Their Own Destiny

by Christine Stuart | January 25, 2017 3:17pm

Christine Stuart photo WETHERSFIELD, CT — In anticipation of what Democratic Gov. Dannel P. Malloy has telegraphed will likely be reductions in state funding for municipalities, local elected leaders came up with their own proposals to increase taxes and reduce unfunded state mandates.

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January 13, 2017

Teachers Union Critical of Charter School Executive Pay

by Jack Kramer | January 13, 2017 12:35pm

CTNewsJunkie file photo HARTFORD, CT - Armed with a new report, the Connecticut Education Association said organizations managing many of the state’s charter schools are lining their own pockets instead of teaching children and it’s calling on legislators to hold them accountable.

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January 3, 2017

No Shortage of Issues for Lawmakers To Address In 2017

by Christine Stuart | January 3, 2017 5:30am

CTNewsJunkie file photo The 2017 legislative session is scheduled to start Wednesday with hundreds of campaign promises at stake and a General Assembly split by just seven seats in the House and a tiebreaking lieutenant governor in the Senate.

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