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July 24, 2017

Municipalities Struggle Without Budget Deal In Place

by Jack Kramer | July 24, 2017 12:43pm

Christine Stuart / ctnewsjunkie HARTFORD, CT — Nearly half the 61 towns and cities that participated in a Connecticut Conference of Municipalities survey have imposed some kind of spending freeze during the first quarter of the current fiscal year.

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July 21, 2017

House Will Take Up Labor Agreement Monday, Veto Overrides Are Still A Question Mark

by Christine Stuart | July 21, 2017 2:56pm

ctnewsjunkie file photo HARTFORD, CT — The House Democratic caucus has decided it will vote on the $1.57 billion labor savings package Monday.

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July 20, 2017

OP-ED | Reject Too-Costly Union Deal

by Susan Bigelow | July 20, 2017 7:00pm

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Connecticut’s state employee unions approved a concessions package this week that will save the state $1.5 billion over the next two years. That’s the good news. The bad news is that the deal comes at way too high a price, and will make closing the deficit much harder in the years to come.

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July 14, 2017

No Budget Vote On July 18

by Christine Stuart | July 14, 2017 3:31pm

Ctnewsjunkie file photo HARTFORD, CT — (Updated 5 p.m.) Unable to finalize a bipartisan agreement, the General Assembly won’t be voting on a two-year budget July 18, House Speaker Joe Aresimowicz said Friday.

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OP-ED | Can Connecticut Reinvent Itself?

by Terry Cowgill | July 14, 2017 5:30am

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Poor Connecticut. Because of our modest size and our quirky geography, we’ve long had an inferiority complex. Sandwiched in between two of the most vibrant metropolitan areas in the world, we’ve never really been able to figure out what we are.

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July 11, 2017

Republicans Offer Budget Proposal, But There’s Still No Compromise

by Christine Stuart | July 11, 2017 4:17pm

Christine Stuart / ctnewsjunkie HARTFORD, CT — Union leaders, municipal officials, lobbyists, and House Speaker Joe Aresimowicz showed up Tuesday for a presentation of the House Republican budget proposal.

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July 7, 2017

OP-ED | Hartford’s Future is Everyone’s Responsibility

by Susan Bigelow | July 7, 2017 10:00am

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It’s been a bad few weeks for the state’s capital city. Aetna, long the business bulwark of the one-time Insurance Capital of the World, announced in late June that they will move their headquarters to Manhattan. And now the state’s ongoing budget impasse may mean much-needed aid to cash-strapped Hartford doesn’t materialize.

What happens next is up to all of us to decide.

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The Budget Abyss

by Christine Stuart | July 7, 2017 5:30am

ctnewsjunkie file photo HARTFORD, CT — Following their failure to find enough votes to pass a two-year budget, legislative leaders have retreated to their respective corners and decided to sell their own budget proposal to lawmakers.

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OP-ED | Factory Towns Are Gone, But Manufacturing Is More Vital Than Ever

by Barth Keck | July 7, 2017 5:30am

S.L. Price’s book Playing Through the Whistle: Steel, Football, and an American Town is a detailed historical and sociological examination of how business and sports coalesced to mold the town of Aliquippa, Pennsylvania. As I read this fascinating case study, it prompted many personal recollections and caused me to ponder the impact of manufacturing on Connecticut’s economy.

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June 29, 2017

General Assembly Fails To Convene To Pass 90-Day Budget

by Christine Stuart | June 29, 2017 4:43pm

Christine Stuart / ctnewsjunkie HARTFORD, CT — House Democrats went behind closed doors Thursday and came out with a two-year budget proposal that increases the sales tax to 6.99 percent and gives municipalities the option raising it an additional 1 percent on food and beverages.

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