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December 14, 2017

Lawmakers Firm Up Session On Medicare Savings, Set Aside Deficit For Now

by Christine Stuart | December 14, 2017 5:03pm

Christine Stuart / ctnewsjunkie HARTFORD, CT— Democratic and Republican lawmakers agreed again Thursday that they will be returning to Hartford sometime between Christmas Eve and Dec. 29 to restore the Medicare Savings Program.

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Anti-Tobacco Activist Pushes Cessation Rather Than Taxation

by Jack Kramer | December 14, 2017 5:30am

shutterstock HARTFORD, CT — Those who lead the fight against big tobacco in the state are once again hoping the latest plan to raise taxes on those who use tobacco products don’t forget to fund smoking cessation programs.

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December 13, 2017

Malloy Offers Lawmakers A Mix of Tax Increases, Spending Cuts To Erase Red Ink

by Christine Stuart | December 13, 2017 1:05pm

ctnewsjunkie file photo HARTFORD, CT — Gov. Dannel P. Malloy presented legislative leaders Wednesday with more than $303 million in spending cuts and tax increases as they seek to resolve a $208 million budget deficit.

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December 12, 2017

Lawmakers Look To Convene Special Session To Restore Funding

by Christine Stuart | December 12, 2017 5:31pm

ctnewsjunkie file photo HARTFORD, CT — Legislative leaders from both parties are teaming up to call themselves back into special session to approve funding for a program they collectively cut less than two months ago.

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Regents Ready Community College Consolidation

by Jack Kramer | December 12, 2017 5:29am

Jack Kramer / ctnewsjunkie file photo HARTFORD, CT - A much debated - and by some criticized - plan to restructure the state’s community colleges is due for a vote by the Board of Regents this Thursday.

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December 7, 2017

Malloy Defends Transportation Policy While Calling For Solution To Looming Insolvency

by Christine Stuart | December 7, 2017 3:41pm

Christine Stuart / ctnewsjunkie HARTFORD, CT — Democratic Gov. Dannel P. Malloy said Thursday that the state is at a fork in the road when it comes to funding transportation projects and it will have to decide soon what projects it wants to fund, what fares it wants to raise, and what services it wants to provide.

“The state’s Special Transportation Fund can no longer support normal operation or planned levels of capital investment,” Malloy said. “We are at a fork in the road. We can either raise fares, cut services, cancel important projects in towns and cities across Connecticut or we can embark on a serious conversation about how we plan to support and grow the Special Transportation Fund in the years to come.”

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December 6, 2017

Malloy, Legislative Leaders Tussle Over Deficit Mitigation

by Christine Stuart | December 6, 2017 3:31pm

christine stuart / ctnewsjunkie HARTFORD, CT — Gov. Dannel P. Malloy said he plans to fulfill his constitutional obligation to submit a deficit mitigation plan to the legislature. However, legislative leaders who put together the budget that’s now in deficit are also working on a plan to erase it.

Malloy and legislative leaders held separate press conferences outside the governor’s Capitol office Wednesday and offered slightly different versions of what happened during their meeting.

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Medicare Savings Program Changes Put On Hold

by Christine Stuart | December 6, 2017 11:30am

ctnewsjunkie file photo HARTFORD, CT — (Updated 2:37 p.m.) The 113,000 seniors and disabled who would be impacted by eligibility reductions to the Medicare Savings Program may be getting a two-month reprieve.

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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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Legislative Leaders, Malloy To Meet Mid-Week To Discuss Deficit

by Christine Stuart | December 4, 2017 5:30am

ctnewsjunkie file photo HARTFORD, CT — Legislative leaders will meet Wednesday with Gov. Dannel P. Malloy in what could be an awkward conversation over how to handle the current deficit.

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