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September 15, 2017

‘Gang of Three’ - Senate Dems Buck Party to Vote for GOP Budget

by Christine Stuart | September 15, 2017 5:58pm

Christine Stuart / ctnewsjunkie HARTFORD, CT — Democratic leaders in the state Senate were blindsided Friday when three of their members voted in favor of the Republican budget proposal, which was offered as an amendment to the underlying Democratic budget.

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Budget Document Posted After 6 A.M. Friday

by Christine Stuart | September 15, 2017 12:19pm

ctnewsjunkie file photo The 925-page document implementing the state budget was released at 6:15 a.m. Friday morning.

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House and Senate Adjourn Thursday Without Passing Budget

by Christine Stuart | September 15, 2017 12:04am

Christine Stuart / ctnewsjunkie HARTFORD, CT — House Speaker Joe Aresimowicz blew past reporters as he raced down the stairs shortly after 11 p.m. Thursday to tell his caucus of 79 members there would be no budget vote.

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September 14, 2017

Republicans Pivot To 2018 As Democrats Work On Finishing Budget

by Christine Stuart | September 14, 2017 7:38pm

Christine Stuart / ctnewsjunkie HARTFORD, CT — The actual language to implement the budget still wasn’t available Thursday at 8:30 p.m. as Democratic lawmakers went behind closed-doors to caucus a two-year, partisan budget proposal.

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Mix of Fees and Taxes Will Be Used To Balance Budget

by Christine Stuart | September 14, 2017 4:17pm

Christine Stuart / ctnewsjunkie HARTFORD, CT — After months of missed deadlines and weeks of uncertainty, the legislature’s Finance, Revenue, and Bonding Committee adopted a two-year revenue package that establishes a cellphone tax, reduces a popular middle class tax credit, creates a statewide property tax on seasonal homes, and increases taxes on hotels and hospitals.

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Finance Estimates Include Some Surprises

by Christine Stuart | September 14, 2017 2:12pm

The Finance, Revenue, and Bonding Committee got underway a few hours late, but the discussion over the revenue estimates for the 2018 and 2019 budget are underway. The document they are discussing include a cellphone tax and a previously undisclosed statewide property tax on seasonal homes. Click here to read the estimates.

Dems Hope Real Estate, Cellphone Tax Ideas Will Stick

by Christine Stuart | September 14, 2017 5:30am

Christine Stuart / ctnewsjunkie HARTFORD, CT — In lieu of a broad based increase in the sales tax, Democratic legislative leaders were working on finalizing a budget Wednesday that will include a monthly tax on cellphone bills and certain real estate transactions.

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September 13, 2017

Budget Negotiations Slowed, Finance Meeting Postponed

by Christine Stuart | September 13, 2017 5:19pm

Christine Stuart / ctnewsjunkie HARTFORD, CT — The photo of white smoke posted on House Speaker Joe Aresimowicz’s Facebook page Wednesday morning may have been a little premature.

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A Cellphone Surcharge? It’s Just One Revenue Idea

by Christine Stuart | September 13, 2017 5:29am

shutterstock HARTFORD, CT — In order to balance the budget Democratic lawmakers are negotiating with Gov. Dannel P. Malloy, they will need to fill a hole that amounts to $87 million in 2018 and $133 million in 2019.

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September 12, 2017

Republicans Propose Budget, Democrats Continue Negotiating With Malloy

by Christine Stuart | September 12, 2017 5:43pm

Christine Stuart / ctnewsjunkie HARTFORD, CT — Gov. Dannel P. Malloy was negotiating with Democratic legislative leaders Tuesday, but neither he nor the Democrats said they had a two-year budget deal to announce.

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