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April 24, 2017

Revenue Services Announces Largest Illegal Tobacco Bust

by Christine Stuart | April 24, 2017 12:43pm

Christine Stuart / ctnewsjunkie HARTFORD, CT—It was the largest haul of untaxed tobacco products the state of Connecticut has ever found.

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April 21, 2017

OP-ED | Drastic Times: Let Towns Have Their Own Sales Taxes

by Terry Cowgill | April 21, 2017 5:30am

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In an effort to fill a projected yawning gap in the upcoming biennial budget, lawmakers in Hartford continue to consider a wide variety of revenue enhancement options. In my last column, we explored the proposed plastic-bag tax.

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April 20, 2017

Finance Committee Explores Abundance of Revenue Ideas As Deadline Nears

by Christine Stuart | April 20, 2017 5:30am

ctnewsjunkie file photo HARTFORD, CT — The Finance, Revenue, and Bonding Committee is expected to wrap up its work next week, but until then it seems to be pursuing every revenue generating idea it can to close the two year $3.6 billion budget deficit.

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April 18, 2017

Education, Municipal Officials Lobby Hard Against Teacher Pension Shift

by Christine Stuart | April 18, 2017 2:36pm

Christine Stuart / ctnewsjunkie WEST HARTFORD, CT — The largest teacher union and the largest municipal lobbying group joined forces this week to pay for a poll to show lawmakers that shifting the cost of the teachers retirement system to cities and towns is unpopular.

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April 14, 2017

ANALYSIS | Dogged By Tough Economy, Malloy Still Stacks Up Accomplishments

by Christine Stuart | April 14, 2017 11:29am

Josalee Thrift / ctnewsjunkie HARTFORD, CT — Paid sick leave, an increased minimum wage, criminal justice system reforms, tougher gun safety laws, and abolition of the death penalty are just a few of the accomplishments that will be part of Democratic Gov. Dannel P. Malloy’s legacy.

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April 13, 2017

Malloy Says He Won’t Seek Re-election

by Christine Stuart | April 13, 2017 2:03pm

Christine Stuart / ctnewsjunkie HARTFORD, CT — Democratic Gov. Dannel P. Malloy ended the speculation Thursday about whether he will seek a third term. He won’t. Malloy, 61, gathered his staff on the fourth floor of the state Capitol Thursday to deliver the news before heading down to a 2 p.m. press conference.

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April 12, 2017

Some Lawmakers Struggle With Increasing Taxes On Hedge Fund Industry

by Jack Kramer | April 12, 2017 5:30am

Christine Stuart / ctnewsjunkie HARTFORD, CT — How much can Connecticut increase taxes without forcing more residents to flee the state?

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April 11, 2017

Malloy Reminds Lawmakers About Connecticut’s High Fixed Costs, Bond Rating

by Christine Stuart | April 11, 2017 11:30am

HARTFORD, CT — Gov. Dannel P. Malloy reminded lawmakers Monday that at least one Wall Street credit rating agency captured the “sobering and credible view” of the budget challenges Connecticut faces.

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April 7, 2017

OP-ED | It’s Almost Opening Day - Did We Learn Anything?

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

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The new ballpark’s finally opening next week, only a year late and millions of dollars over budget. Great! Let’s never do that again.

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OP-ED | Perverse Incentives Will Dog The Plastic Bag Tax

by Terry Cowgill | April 7, 2017 5:30am

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In their interminable quest for new revenue sources, lawmakers in recent years haven’t exactly found the Holy Grail. There is no great untapped source of revenue, as there was in 1991, when a certain governor discovered it was possible to tax income.

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