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September 22, 2017

OP-ED | Soaking The Weekenders and the Dan Drew Follies

by Terry Cowgill | September 22, 2017 5:30am

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Trying to predict the end of Connecticut’s budget crisis is akin to guessing the denouement of a cinematic thriller you know nothing about. A handful of renegade Democrats have joined Republicans in the Democratic-controlled General Assembly to pass an alternative GOP budget that Democratic Gov. Dannel P. Malloy has vowed to veto. Lawmakers will then have to reconvene and try to come up with a bipartisan spending plan that everyone can live with. Machinations are no doubt in the works. It’s enough to make your head spin.

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September 18, 2017

Governor, Lawmakers Renew Call For Bipartisan Budget Negotiations

by Christine Stuart | September 18, 2017 4:54pm

Christine Stuart / ctnewsjunkie HARTFORD, CT — Democratic Gov. Dannel P. Malloy reiterated his intention to veto the Republican budget passed early Saturday morning at the same time that he called on Democratic and Republican legislative leaders to set up a meeting for more negotiations.

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Following Budget Votes, Parties Retreat To Their Corners

by Christine Stuart | September 18, 2017 5:29am

Christine Stuart / ctnewsjunkie HARTFORD, CT — Following passage of a two-year, $40.7 billion Republican budget, both parties sought to position themselves for what looks like continued partisan gridlock.

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September 16, 2017

OP-ED | Democratic Leaders Finally Sink Their Own Ship

by Susan Bigelow | September 16, 2017 12:50pm

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Only the inept leaders of the majority party of the General Assembly could make a budget so bad that even Connecticut Democrats couldn’t support it.

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With 5 More Democrat Votes, House Forwards GOP Budget to Malloy; Veto Expected

by Christine Stuart | September 16, 2017 4:00am

Christine Stuart / ctnewsjunkie HARTFORD, CT — Feeding off momentum created by three Senate Democrats who surprised their leadership Friday by voting for the Republican budget, five House Democrats also crossed the aisle in support of the GOP plan early Saturday.

The House voted 77-73 in favor of the minority party’s two-year, $40.7 billion budget, which is expected to be vetoed by Gov. Dannel P. Malloy. According to the Office of Fiscal Analysis, both the Republican and Democratic budget proposals are projected to yield multi-billion dollar deficits in 2020, 2021, and 2022.

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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

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.