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January 16, 2018

Overtime Costs Increase

by Christine Stuart | January 16, 2018 5:29am

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HARTFORD, CT — The amount of money Connecticut spent on overtime between July and December 2017 increased by $13.9 million to $115.2 million.

Five state agencies that provide 24/7 services account for over 93 percent of those overtime expenditures.

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January 12, 2018

OP-ED | Who Needs Illinois? Connecticut Should Channel Oregon

by Terry Cowgill | January 12, 2018 5:30am

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When it comes to leaving Connecticut, there’s data and then there’s data. Since we live in a place that is obviously in some stage of decline, we’ve all suspected that people are moving out of the state in droves, even as census numbers suggested we were pretty much holding our own until a few years ago.

But now we have a different set of numbers that, while unscientific, nonetheless show what many of us have suspected for years: there aren’t many people who want to move here.

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January 8, 2018

General Assembly Votes To Restore Medicare Program, Malloy Still Prepared To Veto

by Jack Kramer and Christine Stuart | January 8, 2018 12:57pm

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HARTFORD, CT — Despite some good fiscal news about one part of the income tax exceeding expectations by $900 million, Gov. Dannel P. Malloy warned that he might still veto the General Assembly’s plan to restore health benefits for the elderly and disabled.

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January 5, 2018

OP-ED | Teacher Pension Predicament Requires Enlightened Solutions

by Barth Keck | January 5, 2018 5:30am

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Each new year offers the potential for a fresh start, but progress in 2018 will be challenging in Connecticut.

At year’s end, Gov. Dannel P. Malloy and legislators were still tussling over budget issues, the state continued to lose jobs, and none of the preliminary gubernatorial candidates offered honest solutions to the state’s fiscal quagmire.

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January 3, 2018

Nappier Touts Accomplishments In Announcing She Won’t Seek Re-Election

by Christine Stuart | January 3, 2018 2:56pm

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HARTFORD, CT — After two decades in office, state Treasurer Denise Nappier announced Wednesday that she won’t be seeking re-election.

As the first African-American woman elected to serve as Treasurer, Nappier’s tenure began when she defeated Paul J. Silvester, a Republican incumbent who would later serve prison time for giving more than $500 million from in state pension funds to private investment funds in exchange for kickbacks.

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December 19, 2017

Malloy Looks To Commission To Help Preserve His Legacy, Jump Start Legislature

by Christine Stuart | December 19, 2017 5:29am

Christine Stuart  / ctnewsjunkie HARTFORD, CT — Gov. Dannel P. Malloy is hoping a 14-member group of business leaders can help him convince the legislature to make some tough, but necessary progress in his final year in office.

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December 4, 2017

Republican Gubernatorial Candidate Floats Tax Cuts

by Christine Stuart | December 4, 2017 2:47pm

Christine Stuart / ctnewsjunkie HARTFORD, CT — An investment banker running for the Republican nomination for governor is embracing the economic policies espoused by his friend of two decades, Arthur Laffer, who rose to prominence during the Reagan administration.

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October 31, 2017

State Treasurer Candidates Tout Newcomer Status

by Christine Stuart | October 31, 2017 4:30am

Courtesy of the campaign HARTFORD, CT — Keeping with what seems to be a theme for 2018 of candidates who have never sought elected office, a Hartford attorney and a former chief investment officer are throwing their hats in the ring for state treasurer.

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October 26, 2017

Cities and Towns Exhale With Budget Vote

by Jack Kramer | October 26, 2017 2:51pm

Jack Kramer / ctnewsjunkie file photo HARTFORD, CT - Leaders of Connecticut’s 169 towns were breathing easier Thursday after the House and Senate overwhelmingly passed a $41.34 billion, two-year budget that spares huge municipal budget cuts.

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Senate Praises Bipartisan Budget & Sends It To House

by Christine Stuart | October 26, 2017 1:00am

Christine Stuart / ctnewsjunkie HARTFORD, CT —The state Senate’s 33-3 vote Thursday morning on a $41.34 billion, two-year budget may be one of the final steps in ending an historic four-month budget stalemate.

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