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May 22, 2015

OP-ED | Respect, Protect Constitutional Spending Cap

by Brian Flaherty | May 22, 2015 2:51pm

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Connecticut’s modern constitution and I both turn 50 this year. In all, it has been a pretty good run. And while I certainly can’t claim as storied a lineage as our founding document — which dates to the Fundamental Orders in 1638 — we’ve struck up a relationship over the years.

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OP-ED | Promises, Promises? Taxes, Pension Debt, the Deficit, and the Spending Cap

by Suzanne Bates | May 22, 2015 9:03am


While the battle about next year’s budget continues at the Capitol, there was a reminder this week that this year’s budget is still unresolved because of a lingering $165 million deficit.

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May 20, 2015

Barnes Pegs 2015 Budget Deficit at $164.9M

by Christine Stuart | May 20, 2015 4:31pm

Christine Stuart file photo Gov. Dannel P. Malloy’s budget office is projecting that the state will end the 2015 fiscal year June 30 with a $164.9 million deficit.

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OP-ED | A State Without Poetry, or Quite a State?

by Robert Rennie McQuilkin and Susan Ballek | May 20, 2015 10:00am

Courtesy of the Hill-Stead Museum As museums and history organizations across the state of Connecticut brace for budget cuts, we contemplate where in the order of priorities fall the arts and humanities. Is poetry a luxury or a staple of human mental health and spirit?

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OP-ED | Show Me The (Charter Management Fee) Money!

by Robert Cotto Jr. | May 20, 2015 7:59am

When traditional schools pay their bills to educate kids, they usually don’t have much money, if any, remaining. When charter schools pay their bills, they often have money left over to spend. How much? It depends on the school. For a number of charter schools, roughly 10 percent of all of public dollars meant for educating children in these schools go to pay fees for private companies called “charter management organizations.” That’s a problem.

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May 19, 2015

Measure to Protect Transportation Fund One Step Closer to Referendum

by Elizabeth Regan | May 19, 2015 2:42pm

Elizabeth Regan Connecticut voters may get the chance to weigh in on a “lock box” measure that would prevent state government from siphoning money from the Special Transportation Fund to cover other General Fund expenses.

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Emergency Services Commissioner Reverses Dispatch Consolidation

by Elizabeth Regan | May 19, 2015 5:30am

Elizabeth Regan What has been described as an expensive, disastrous effort to consolidate state police dispatch operations has come to an end.

Responding to a chorus of complaints from citizens, police, and lawmakers about increased response times and spiraling public confidence, Emergency Services and Public Protection Commissioner Dora Schriro on Monday announced plans to put dispatch operations back to the way they were before the consolidation that began under her predecessor.

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May 18, 2015

OP-ED | Enact a State Budget That Protects Property Taxpayers

by Joe DeLong | May 18, 2015 6:45pm

While other factors have significance, quality of life issues are the most important factors residents and businesses weigh when determining whether to relocate to or remain in a state.

Factors such as quality schools, an educated workforce, safe neighborhoods, reasonable property taxes, and safe and reliable roads and bridges top the list of residents’ and employers’ “must haves.” In addition, all residents believe that laying the foundation for a world-class education, police and fire services, and safe roads are core government services. No government service is placed above them. These are the services towns and cities provide — which is why the state budget and aid to towns and cities is so critical for the future of our state.

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New Poll Suggests Voters Want to Protect The Spending Cap

by Elizabeth Regan | May 18, 2015 3:39pm

Elizabeth Regan A poll released Monday by the Yankee Institute cautions lawmakers running for re-election next year that breaking the spending cap is even less popular than raising taxes.

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May 15, 2015

OP-ED | Politicians Agree To Limits On Spending, But Hate Them

by Terry Cowgill | May 15, 2015 5:29am

It would be funny if it weren’t such a travesty. In order to appease taxpayers, lawmakers reluctantly agree to limits on revenue or spending. Then they while away the ensuing years trying to avoid the very limits they supported.

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