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April 24, 2015

Republicans Restore Social Services At Expense of State Employee Unions

by Christine Stuart | April 24, 2015 2:20pm

Christine Stuart photo Republican lawmakers released their budget Friday asking for concessions from labor, while restoring some painful spending cuts to social services.

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OP-ED | What and How We Tax Shows What We Value

by Suzanne Bates | April 24, 2015 12:05pm

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Does our current tax structure reflect our values as a state? And how can we change our tax structure so that we get more of what we want — especially job growth?

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April 23, 2015

State Comptroller Pushes For Changes to Shore Up Rainy Day Fund

by Elizabeth Regan | April 23, 2015 2:16pm

Elizabeth Regan Diverse political interests converged Thursday to support Democratic Comptroller Kevin Lembo’s proposal to lend stability to the state’s rainy day fund.

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April 21, 2015

Hartford Mayor Defends Admissions Tax Proposal

by Christine Stuart | April 21, 2015 5:30am

Christine Stuart photo (UPDATED 9:30 a.m.) Hartford Mayor Pedro Segarra wants the state legislature to give an estimated $426,000 in admission taxes back to the city to help it pay off $60 million in bonds for a minor league ballpark.

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DC NEWS JUNKIE | Tax Exemption for Large Political Donors Passes House

by Jordan Fenster | April 21, 2015 5:00am

With no fanfare and little acknowledgement, a bill was passed in the House last week that would offer people who give huge sums of money to politically focused nonprofits a way to avoid paying taxes on those gifts.

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April 20, 2015

Republicans To Offer Their Own Budget

by Christine Stuart | April 20, 2015 12:45pm

Christine Stuart file photo After much debate, the legislature’s Republican minority plans to release its own budget proposal this week.

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April 19, 2015

OP-ED | Balancing Budget On Sin Taxes is Shortsighted, Reckless

by Will Hermann | April 19, 2015 9:04pm

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Ever since Gov. Dannel P. Malloy punted an unfinished budget to the legislature later than the usual deadline, legislators have been searching for ways to raise revenue without explicitly raising taxes.

So far, legislators have been looking at ways to counteract declining sin tax receipts as a way to balance the budget, which include the addition of new casinos and the legalization of keno. The term sin tax refers to tax revenue from alcohol and tobacco sales (and may soon include sugary drinks) and casino revenue sharing, which totaled more than $721 million last year.

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April 17, 2015

OP-ED | Throw the Book at this Budget

by Susan Bigelow | April 17, 2015 8:00am


So the Meriden campus of Middlesex Community College will be saved, but vital public library services may not be. The honor guard for veterans may be spared the axe, but municipal budgets might have to endure the blow. Welcome to the excruciating reality of permanent fiscal crisis.

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OP-ED | The Sub-$15-an-hour Tax: A ‘First’ We Don’t Need

by Terry Cowgill | April 17, 2015 5:30am

Connecticut is the land of many firsts. Some are undoubtedly good: first state with a public library; first woman to be elected governor of a U.S. state “in her own right;” and the first to create a Freedom of Information Commission.

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April 15, 2015

Connecticut Lottery Corp. Makes Its Pitch For Keno

by Cara Rosner | April 15, 2015 6:09pm

Christine Stuart photo Proponents told members of the Finance, Revenue and Bonding Committee on Wednesday that bringing keno to Connecticut is essential to keeping the state’s lottery competitive with other states’, while opponents decried the game as a short-sighted and ill-advised way to generate revenue.

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