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April 24, 2015

Republicans Restore Social Services At Expense of State Employee Unions

by Christine Stuart | April 24, 2015 2:20pm

Christine Stuart photo Republican lawmakers released their budget Friday asking for concessions from labor, while restoring some painful spending cuts to social services.

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OP-ED | What and How We Tax Shows What We Value

by Suzanne Bates | April 24, 2015 12:05pm

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Does our current tax structure reflect our values as a state? And how can we change our tax structure so that we get more of what we want — especially job growth?

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OP-ED | Lawmakers Should Listen to Jepsen, For There Is Much To Lose And Lose ...

by Terry Cowgill | April 24, 2015 5:30am

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State lawmakers eager to find more revenue — or terrified at the thought of losing same — are considering letting the state’s two federally-recognized Indian tribes literally wander off their reservations and open “gaming” facilities elsewhere in Connecticut. On the face of it, this sounded like a good idea. After all, hardly anyone cares whether we take more money out of the pockets of those who can least afford it.

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April 23, 2015

State Comptroller Pushes For Changes to Shore Up Rainy Day Fund

by Elizabeth Regan | April 23, 2015 2:16pm

Elizabeth Regan Diverse political interests converged Thursday to support Democratic Comptroller Kevin Lembo’s proposal to lend stability to the state’s rainy day fund.

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April 22, 2015

State Trooper Contract Approved By Appropriations; Raises Wages, Phases Out Longevity

by Elizabeth Regan | April 22, 2015 8:30am

CT-N screengrab The General Assembly’s Appropriations Committee approved a three-year contract between Gov. Dannel P. Malloy’s administration and the Connecticut State Police that will increase troopers’ wages nine percent by 2018 while removing the prospect of longevity pay for new recruits.

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April 21, 2015

DSS Tells Lawmakers They’re Making Progress On Call Center Wait Times; Advocate Suggests Otherwise

by Christine Stuart | April 21, 2015 3:58pm

Officials from the Department of Social Services told the legislature’s Appropriations and Human Services Committee on Tuesday that they’ve been successful in decreasing the amount of time it takes clients to get through to its benefits center on the phone.

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April 20, 2015

Republicans To Offer Their Own Budget

by Christine Stuart | April 20, 2015 12:45pm

Christine Stuart file photo After much debate, the legislature’s Republican minority plans to release its own budget proposal this week.

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April 19, 2015

OP-ED | Balancing Budget On Sin Taxes is Shortsighted, Reckless

by Will Hermann | April 19, 2015 9:04pm

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Ever since Gov. Dannel P. Malloy punted an unfinished budget to the legislature later than the usual deadline, legislators have been searching for ways to raise revenue without explicitly raising taxes.

So far, legislators have been looking at ways to counteract declining sin tax receipts as a way to balance the budget, which include the addition of new casinos and the legalization of keno. The term sin tax refers to tax revenue from alcohol and tobacco sales (and may soon include sugary drinks) and casino revenue sharing, which totaled more than $721 million last year.

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April 17, 2015

OP-ED | Throw the Book at this Budget

by Susan Bigelow | April 17, 2015 8:00am


So the Meriden campus of Middlesex Community College will be saved, but vital public library services may not be. The honor guard for veterans may be spared the axe, but municipal budgets might have to endure the blow. Welcome to the excruciating reality of permanent fiscal crisis.

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OP-ED | The Sub-$15-an-hour Tax: A ‘First’ We Don’t Need

by Terry Cowgill | April 17, 2015 5:30am

Connecticut is the land of many firsts. Some are undoubtedly good: first state with a public library; first woman to be elected governor of a U.S. state “in her own right;” and the first to create a Freedom of Information Commission.

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