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May 9, 2018

Both Chambers Approve Amending State Tax Plan To Lessen Impact of Fed Changes

by Jack Kramer | May 9, 2018 10:20pm
Posted to: Federal Budget | Town News | State Budget | Taxes | White House

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HARTFORD, CT — The House and Senate voted unanimously Wednesday to amend Connecticut’s state and local tax laws to blunt the impact of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act signed by Republican President Donald Trump in late 2017.

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Handshake Agreement On Budget Deal

by Christine Stuart | May 9, 2018 8:12pm
Posted to: State Budget | State Capitol

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HARTFORD, CT — Democratic and Republican legislative leaders stood outside the hall of the House of Representatives before 5 p.m. on the final night of the regular legislative session to announce they had reached a bipartisan deal on the budget.

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Budget Deal Brokered, But Not Inked

by Christine Stuart | May 9, 2018 1:20pm
Posted to: State Budget | Taxes | State Capitol

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HARTFORD, CT — Legislative leaders believe they have a deal to modify the $19 billion 2019 budget and avoid some of the awful things that would happen if they didn’t.

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Budget Negotiation Abyss

by Christine Stuart | May 9, 2018 5:30am
Posted to: State Budget | Taxes | State Capitol

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HARTFORD, CT — Democratic and Republican leaders have been presenting each other with various budget proposals, but as of midnight before the final day of the legislative session there was still no agreement.

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May 8, 2018

Budget Constraints Still In Limbo

by Christine Stuart | May 8, 2018 5:30am
Posted to: State Budget

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HARTFORD, CT — There are growing concerns about some of the constraints the legislature enacted last year as part of the bipartisan budget.

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May 7, 2018

Parties Disagree Over How Much To Tinker With The Budget

by Christine Stuart | May 7, 2018 5:30am
Posted to: Election 2018 | State Budget

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HARTFORD, CT — With fewer than four days left in the legislative session, Democrats and Republicans have different ideas of what needs to happen before midnight Wednesday.

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May 5, 2018

Senate Modifies So-Called Hartford Bailout

by Christine Stuart | May 5, 2018 8:17pm
Posted to: Town News | Hartford | State Budget | State Capitol | Wall Street

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HARTFORD, CT — The Senate gave bipartisan support Saturday to legislation that seeks to modify the $534 million bailout they gave the city last year to help it avoid bankruptcy.

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May 4, 2018

House Passes Bill To Demand Transparency in Drug Costs

by Jack Kramer | May 4, 2018 4:44pm
Posted to: Business | Consumer Protection | Corporate Watch | Health Care | Insurance | State Budget

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HARTFORD, CT — A bill imposing stricter reporting requirements on pharmaceutical companies and pharmacy benefit managers easily passed the House Friday by a vote of 149-0. It now moves to the Senate.

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OP-ED | Unpacking The Community Colleges Fiasco: To Whom Is NEASC Accountable?

by Terry Cowgill | May 4, 2018 5:29am
Posted to: Analysis | Education | Opinion | Education Opinion | Nonprofits | State Budget | Taxes | State Capitol

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It was the last thing anyone wanted to worry about. With our roads and bridges crumbling and Connecticut a step or two away from the the brink of insolvency, officials now have to concern themselves with the viability of the Connecticut’s 12 community colleges.

The decision of the New England Association of Schools and Colleges, a regional accrediting agency, to reject a plan to merge the colleges into one accredited organization has thrown the system into chaos and uncertainty. Click here to read the letter from NEASC’s Commission on Institutions of Higher Learning.

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May 3, 2018

House Votes To Limit Gubernatorial Rescission Authority

by Christine Stuart | May 3, 2018 5:30am
Posted to: Education | State Budget

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HARTFORD, CT — The House passed legislation Wednesday to reduce the governor’s rescission authority when it comes to education aid.

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