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September 30, 2016

Bond Commission Approves Money For Rail Improvements

by Jack Kramer | September 30, 2016 12:31pm

Christine Stuart photo The state Bond Commission Friday approved tax obligation bond requests for $282.6 million in transportation projects, including $60 million for the double tracking of the Hartford rail line and $200 million to buy 60 rail cars for the New Haven line.

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September 29, 2016

Bond Commission Expected to Approve Last of School Security Funding

by Jack Kramer | September 29, 2016 2:32pm

CTNewsJunkie file photo The state Bond Commission is poised to approve about $185.2 million in general obligation bonds Friday, including the last $10 million for school safety and security improvements.

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September 28, 2016

Long-awaited Efficiency Panel Finally Formed

by Christine Stuart | September 28, 2016 5:30am

CTNewsJunkie file photo It went largely unnoticed for almost a year until a reporter started asking questions about it, but the last member of the Efficiency Planning Task Force was finally appointed this week.

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September 26, 2016

Rank-And-File Lawmakers Briefed On Lockheed Martin Incentive Package

by Christine Stuart | September 26, 2016 4:35pm

Christine Stuart photo Democratic and Republican lawmakers are poised to approve a $220 million package of economic incentives for Lockheed Martin that would guarantee the company continues to produce helicopters in the state through June 2032.

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September 23, 2016

State to Hospitals: The Tax Is Legal

by Christine Stuart | September 23, 2016 1:32pm

The state departments of Social Services and Revenue Services found that the hospital tax enacted in 2011 by the General Assembly and implemented by the two agencies is legal.

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OP-ED | Budget Changes Hamstring Good Government

by Sarah Darer Littman | September 23, 2016 8:00am

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News that most of the Legislature’s Program Review and Investigations Committee staff would be assigned to other legislative support offices is being billed as a cost-saving measure. Five analysts are being moved to the Auditors of Public Accounts and the five others are being transferred elsewhere.

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Accounting Group Says Connecticut Has Second Highest Tax Burden

by Cara Rosner | September 23, 2016 5:29am

CTNewsJunkie file photo Connecticut has the second-highest taxpayer burden in the nation, according to a report released this week by a think tank.

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September 21, 2016

Partisan Fight Breaks Out Over Call To Special Session

by Christine Stuart | September 21, 2016 10:19pm

CTNewsJunkie file photo If the General Assembly holds a special session to approve a package of economic incentives for Lockheed Martin, Republican legislative leaders said Wednesday that it should be expanded to include a handful of other proposals.

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September 20, 2016

Connecticut Offers Stratford-Based Sikorsky Incentives To Stay

by Christine Stuart | September 20, 2016 11:57pm

Courtesy of Gov. Malloy's office The General Assembly will be asked to return to Hartford in the next few weeks to vote on a $220 million deal to ensure Lockheed Martin keeps Sikorsky headquarters in Connecticut for more than a decade.

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House Democrats Try Optimistic, Bipartisan Campaign Message

by Christine Stuart | September 20, 2016 1:45pm

Christine Stuart photo EAST HARTFORD — Democrats who have held the majority in the House of Representatives for 29 years said their message about how to help improve Connecticut’s economy isn’t a partisan one and won’t require a tax increase.

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