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January 18, 2017

Revenues Tick Upward, But Trends Are Still Lagging

by Christine Stuart | January 18, 2017 5:30am

CTNewsJunkie file photo Connecticut’s economy is slowly regaining confidence, or it’s gotten lucky with collecting one-time revenue and business taxes. Those are the two interpretations of the latest revenue projections from state budget analysts.

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January 17, 2017

Advocacy Group Asks Lawmakers To Consider Raising Revenue To Balance Budget

by Christine Stuart | January 17, 2017 2:54pm

Courtesy of CT Voices for Children Lawmakers and Gov. Dannel P. Malloy avoided increasing taxes last year when resolving a nearly $1 billion budget deficit, however, at least one advocacy group is asking them to reconsider a “cuts-only approach,” as they prepare to tackle a much larger budget deficit.

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Dems Seek To Make Good On Campaign Promises

by Christine Stuart | January 17, 2017 5:30am

Christine Stuart / CTNewsJunkie Trying to make good on their campaign promises, House Democrats unveiled a package of 10 bills last week that they said will help improve Connecticut’s economic climate.

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January 11, 2017

Malloy Offers Little Comfort On Budget To Small Towns

by Christine Stuart | January 11, 2017 5:09pm

CTNewsJunkie photo ROCKY HILL, CT — Gov. Dannel P. Malloy told local elected officials that he would trade the state’s $1.5 billion budget deficit for their budget woes and cash balances any day of the week.

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January 9, 2017

Malloy Refuses To Take Tax Increases Off The Table

by Christine Stuart | January 9, 2017 10:30am

Christine Stuart photo Gov. Dannel P. Malloy refused to rule out tax increases in a 40-minute interview in his office with Capitol reporters Friday.

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January 6, 2017

Connecticut’s Unfunded Pension Liability Increases To Worst Level In Years

by Christine Stuart | January 6, 2017 5:29am

State officials weren’t surprised Connecticut’s unfunded pension liability increased to its worst level in several years even after assuming the recent changes negotiated by Gov Dannel P. Malloy and the state labor unions.

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January 5, 2017

Gomes, Winfield To Serve On Seven Committees

by Christine Stuart | January 5, 2017 12:51pm

CTNewsJunkie file photo With two resignations in the Senate on opening day, it looks as if all the pieces stopped moving long enough for legislative leadership to name committee chairs and vice chairs.

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January 4, 2017

Unscripted 2017 Legislative Session Begins Today in Connecticut

by Christine Stuart | January 4, 2017 5:30am

CTNewsJunkie file photo HARTFORD, CT — The first day of the legislative session is usually filled with pomp and ceremony, but this year is much different. There’s no script for how things will play out in either the House or the Senate.

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January 3, 2017

No Shortage of Issues for Lawmakers To Address In 2017

by Christine Stuart | January 3, 2017 5:30am

CTNewsJunkie file photo The 2017 legislative session is scheduled to start Wednesday with hundreds of campaign promises at stake and a General Assembly split by just seven seats in the House and a tiebreaking lieutenant governor in the Senate.

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December 16, 2016

OP-ED | Courage In Short Supply In Pension Discussion

by Terry Cowgill | December 16, 2016 5:30am

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On one level, the pension deal announced last week by Gov. Dannel P. Malloy and the state employees unions is welcome. It averts the catastrophe of having the state’s annual obligation skyrocket from its current $1.5 billion to an outrageous $6 billion by 2032.

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