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January 19, 2018

Applause for Tolls From Audience of Construction Workers

by Christine Stuart | January 19, 2018 1:25pm

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SOUTHINGTON, CT — In alphabetical order, a majority of Democratic and one unaffiliated candidates for governor endorsed the idea of installing electronic tolls on Connecticut’s highways and received applause for it.

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January 16, 2018

Malloy Follows Through With Veto of Medicare Savings Program

by Christine Stuart | January 16, 2018 10:33pm

Christine Stuart / ctnewsjunkie HARTFORD, CT — Gov. Dannel P. Malloy followed through Tuesday with a promised veto of the restoration of funds for the Medicare Savings Program.

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Connecticut’s Budget Is Still In The Red After Latest Revenue Estimates

by Christine Stuart | January 16, 2018 4:16pm

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HARTFORD, CT — Not counting the one-time windfall the state appears to have received from changes to the federal tax law, Connecticut’s revenues are still in the red by $260.1 million this fiscal year and $282.8 million in the next fiscal year.

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Task Force Digs Into Connecticut’s Fiscal Woes

by Christine Stuart | January 16, 2018 1:03pm

Courtesy of the Commission on Fiscal Stability and Economic Growth
HARTFORD, CT — Connecticut’s economy is less competitive today than it was in 2001. It dropped from 8th most competitive all the way down to 43rd in 2016, according to the Beacon Hill Institute’s rankings.

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Overtime Costs Increase

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

Courtesy of the Office of Fiscal Analysis
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 11, 2018

Bipartisanship Continues For Now

by Christine Stuart | January 11, 2018 2:25pm

ctnewsjunkie file photo HARTFORD, CT — Will the bipartisan effort among legislative leaders in closing the yawning budget deficit and restoring funds to the Medicare Savings Program continue?

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January 10, 2018

OP-ED | Prescription Costs Are Squeezing Out Other Connecticut Priorities, But We Have Options

by Ellen Andrews | January 10, 2018 11:30am


Connecticut’s state budget is out of balance, reflecting the weakness in our state economy. Policymakers have been forced into compromising support for critical priorities, in healthcare and beyond.

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January 9, 2018

Malloy Administration Says No To $5M for Three Communities

by Christine Stuart | January 9, 2018 11:30am

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HARTFORD, CT — (Updated 4:12 p.m.) The three communities seeking more than $5 million in supplemental vehicle tax payments from the state will have to take their argument to the legislature.

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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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