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March 27, 2015

OP-ED | Two Bills Threaten to Take Power From Local Governments

by Suzanne Bates | March 27, 2015 1:49pm


Today the state’s Planning and Development Committee passed two bills that — if they become law — will create vast new powers for state and regional bodies over local governments in Connecticut.

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Looney Quietly Pitches Statewide Car Tax

by Christine Stuart | March 27, 2015 1:25pm

Christine Stuart file photo Senate President Martin Looney admits it’s an ambitious proposal, but he believes his proposal to create a statewide mill rate for motor vehicle taxes is rational.

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OP-ED | Yes On MBR Relief, But School Funding Crisis Looms

by Terry Cowgill | March 27, 2015 5:30am

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Common sense isn’t a quality in great supply at the Capitol, but when House Republicans and their Democratic speaker can find common ground on the solution to a problem, then you know you’re really onto something.

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March 26, 2015

Lawmakers Struggle With Spending Cap

by Christine Stuart | March 26, 2015 12:05pm

Christine Stuart photo Anti-poverty advocates and residents who benefit from the state’s social service programs visited the state Capitol to lobby lawmakers Wednesday against many of the $1.3 billion in spending cuts included in Democratic Gov. Dannel P. Malloy’s budget.

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March 19, 2015

Lawmakers Look At Loosening Local Funding Requirements Amid Declining School Enrollment

by Elizabeth Regan | March 19, 2015 6:12pm

Elizabeth Regan photo House Speaker Brendan Sharkey wants to change a state law that restricts local school districts from decreasing their spending — regardless of enrollment decreases — in order to receive the same amount of state funding.

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Transportation Committee Keeps Tolls Alive

by Christine Stuart | March 19, 2015 5:30am

While it may be unpopular the legislature’s Transportation Committee kept a bill that would allow electronic tolls on Connecticut’s highways alive.

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March 12, 2015

OP-ED | Budget: Higher Debt and Employee Costs ‘Crowding Out’ Other Spending

by Suzanne Bates | March 12, 2015 10:43pm


Does anyone like Gov. Dannel Malloy’s budget? A poll found that 62 percent of voters disapprove of the way he’s handling it.

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March 9, 2015

Package Store Owners Say It’s Taxes, Not Minimum Pricing

by Christine Stuart | March 9, 2015 3:14pm

Christine Stuart photo Some of the state’s 1,200 package store owners packed the Legislative Office Building Monday to testify against Gov. Dannel P. Malloy’s proposal to eliminate minimum pricing of alcohol.

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March 5, 2015

OP-ED | Border Tolls? There’s a Better Way

by Susan Bigelow | March 5, 2015 9:31pm

I can think of nothing that would make car travel more fun than having to pay to leave the state and then again to get back in. Yes, border tolls are back again, and, despite public outrage, they have a better shot of actually happening in this transportation-focused year than ever before.

This would be a mistake, though maybe not for the reasons you think.

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February 27, 2015

They Hate The Cuts, But Malloy Doubts They Will Increase Taxes

by Christine Stuart and Hugh McQuaid | February 27, 2015 1:26pm

Christine Stuart photo (Updated 1:20 p.m.) Gov. Dannel P. Malloy acknowledged Thursday that the legislature hates cuts in his proposed budget and lacks consensus to raise taxes. But the governor said a lot can change in the three months before a budget plan must be approved.

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