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April 26, 2018

Strike Is Back On

by Christine Stuart | Apr 26, 2018 12:51pm
Posted to: Labor | State Budget

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HARTFORD, CT — Workers who take care of the disabled through nine nonprofit agencies in Connecticut voted to authorize a strike that will begin 6 a.m., May 7.

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April 25, 2018

Budget Talks Set To Begin With 2 Weeks To Go

by Christine Stuart | Apr 25, 2018 5:30am
Posted to: Election 2018 | State Budget | Taxes | State Capitol

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HARTFORD, CT — Democrats may have muscled a spending plan through the Appropriations Committee last week, but House Speaker Joe Aresimowicz said he’s not going to fight over which document they should use to start budget negotiations.

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April 24, 2018

Accrediting Agency Rejects Plans To Merge State’s Community College System

by Jack Kramer | Apr 24, 2018 10:30pm
Posted to: The Economy | Education | State Budget

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HARTFORD, CT — A controversial plan to merge the state’s community college system into one accredited body has been resoundingly rejected by the New England Association of Schools and College’s Higher Education Commission (NEASC).

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ANALYSIS | What Does It Take To Stop Repeating A Bad Idea?

by Ellen Andrews | Apr 24, 2018 12:15pm
Posted to: Analysis | Consumer Protection | Health Care | Mental Health Care | Insurance | Nonprofits | Public Health | Poverty | State Budget

Albert Einstein believed the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over but expecting a different result. Unfortunately, Connecticut policymakers haven’t learned this lesson.

Provider financial risk is a bad idea that has failed both in our state and nationally. Despite this, our ironically-named State Innovation Model (SIM) office is trying again to force it on Connecticut’s struggling health system. Their new twist on the bad idea, to impose it on primary preventive care, is even more dangerous.

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April 23, 2018

Judicial Nominations Cause Concern For Budgetary Reasons

by Christine Stuart | Apr 23, 2018 11:00am
Posted to: Courts | Labor | Legal | State Budget

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HARTFORD, CT — The Judiciary Committee is expected to hear hours of testimony Monday on a Supreme Court chief justice nominee, a Supreme Court nominee, an Appellate Court nominee, and 30 Superior Court nominees.

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April 20, 2018

Dems Muscle Through Their Spending Plan

by Christine Stuart | Apr 20, 2018 8:48pm
Posted to: State Budget | Taxes | State Capitol

HARTFORD, CT — Democratic lawmakers used their slim majority to push forward a plan to increase spending by $216.7 million Friday, while a Republican proposal died 27-25 in the Appropriations Committee.

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Republicans, Democrats Get Ready To Argue Over April Income Tax Receipts

by Christine Stuart | Apr 20, 2018 5:30am
Posted to: State Budget | Education Cost Sharing | Pensions | Taxes | State Capitol

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HARTFORD, CT — The bean counters at the state Capitol are telling lawmakers that income tax revenues are coming in 46 percent better than initially projected, but it’s unlikely the two parties will agree on exactly what to do with it.

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April 19, 2018

Divided Over Spending, Again

by Christine Stuart | Apr 19, 2018 12:16pm
Posted to: State Budget

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HARTFORD, CT — Friday is looking like another showdown between the legislature’s Democrats and Republicans who are split on how to proceed with budget negotiations in an election year.

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April 18, 2018

Minimum Wage Increase Advances

by Christine Stuart | Apr 18, 2018 5:30am
Posted to: Business | The Economy | Equality | Jobs | Labor | State Budget

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HARTFORD, CT — Repeatedly calling it an “emotional issue,” the legislature’s Appropriations Committee forwarded a minimum wage increase to the House Tuesday.

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April 13, 2018

Wall Street Agency Lowers Connecticut’s Bond Rating

by Christine Stuart | Apr 13, 2018 9:14pm
Posted to: The Economy | State Budget | Wall Street

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HARTFORD, CT — Hours after the state Bond Commission voted to put hundreds of millions more on the state credit card one of the four Wall Street rating agencies lowered its bond rating.

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