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April 29, 2016

Revenues Fall Short Leaving 2016 and 2017 Budgets In The Red

by Christine Stuart | April 29, 2016 7:05pm

Christine Stuart photo (Updated 8:10 p.m.) Tax revenues did not come in as anticipated Friday, which means this year’s deficit will grow to about $256 million and the 2017 budget is $960 million in the red.

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OP-ED | Dems Punt on Budget, Again

by Susan Bigelow | April 29, 2016 10:00am

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It’s been a pretty intense week all around, what with the primary and the looming end of the legislative session, so Democrats can almost be forgiven for turning in a budget that was late and poorly thought out. Almost.

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OP-ED | A Starting Point to Discuss Improving Connecticut’s Competitiveness

by Sarah Darer Littman | April 29, 2016 8:00am

Earlier this month, the Business Council of Fairfield County Foundation presented a Connecticut Economic Competitiveness Diagnostic, prepared by McKinsey and Company, to the state’s Commission on Economic Competitiveness.

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Dreamers Wear Their Caps and Gowns To Lobby the House

by Jack Kramer | April 29, 2016 5:30am

Jack Kramer photo For the fourth day in a row, members of Connecticut Students for a Dream (C4D) gathered outside the House chamber behind the velvet ropes that separate lobbyists and lawmakers to urge passage of a bill that would give them access to financial aid regardless of immigration status.

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April 28, 2016

Senate Tables Debate On Increasing Minimum Wage To $12 An Hour By 2020

by Christine Stuart | April 28, 2016 9:48pm

Christine Stuart photo In an unexpected move, the state Senate raised and then tabled debate on a bill that calls for an increase in the state’s minimum wage from its current $9.60 an hour to $12 an hour by Jan. 1, 2020.

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Democrats to Malloy: We Have A Budget, Let’s Negotiate

by Christine Stuart | April 28, 2016 2:49pm

Christine Stuart photo Democratic legislative leaders came up with a budget that closes a $920 million deficit, but they don’t have the votes to pass it and Gov. Dannel P. Malloy has said he wouldn’t sign a budget he didn’t negotiate.

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Frustration Mounts As Democrats Are Slow To Put Forward Budget Plan

by Christine Stuart | April 28, 2016 5:29am

Democratic legislative leaders said they have a budget proposal that addresses the budget deficit, but they haven’t shared it with Democratic Gov. Dannel P. Malloy, the public, or the news media.

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April 27, 2016

Residents Push For House Vote On Water Bill

by Steve Majerus-Collins | April 27, 2016 4:27pm

STEVE MAJERUS-COLLINS / ctnewsjunkie A measure that would hinder a plan to sell discounted water to a private bottler in Bloomfield may never reach the House floor before the session ends next week.

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April 26, 2016

Report: Connecticut Has Many Economic Challenges

by Cara Rosner | April 26, 2016 11:30am

A new “diagnostic” report takes a stark look at the challenges Connecticut faces when it comes to economic competitiveness.

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April 25, 2016

Republicans Join Malloy In Closing 2017 Budget Deficit

by Christine Stuart | April 25, 2016 12:45pm

Christine Stuart photo Republican legislative leaders unveiled their alternative budget that cuts about $157.5 million from various state agencies, eliminates part of the municipal revenue sharing account, gets rids of the Citizens Election Program, and adopts the same reduction in the state labor force put forward by Democratic Gov. Dannel P. Malloy.

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