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July 29, 2015

Lawmakers Open To Property Tax Relief Lock Box

by Christine Stuart | July 29, 2015 4:26pm

Christine Stuart photo Democratic legislative leaders said there may not be any language in the budget guaranteeing that future legislatures will continue to use a half percent of the sales tax to fund property tax relief on motor vehicles, but they were optimistic that the funds would continue to be used for their intended purpose.

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July 17, 2015

OP-ED | When Democracy Fails: Why Budget Referendums and Town Meetings Don’t Work

by Susan Bigelow | July 17, 2015 9:00am

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I winced when I saw the headline about Windsor voters rejecting their town’s budget for the fourth time. Turnout for a referendum that will likely cause layoffs and school cuts was an appallingly low 20 percent.

This can’t go on.

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July 10, 2015

OP-ED | Greece, Puerto Rico … Connecticut?

by Susan Bigelow | July 10, 2015 10:00am

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The financial news from around the world is dire, and some are saying Connecticut may be in the same boat before long. That’s not likely, but we ignore the lessons of Greece and Puerto Rico at our own risk.

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OP-ED | In Winsted, Leaving Expensive Messes For Others To Clean Up

by Terry Cowgill | July 10, 2015 5:30am

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You know you’ve hit rock bottom when the state of Connecticut has to come in and clean up your municipal mess. Contrary to popular belief, the state hates to pilot the local ship. It’s expensive, it’s a distraction and it evinces the supercilious paternalism of big brother.

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July 9, 2015

Sharkey’s Property Tax Legislation Rides Through in the Budget Implementer

by Christine Stuart | July 9, 2015 2:53pm

Christine Stuart file photo A bill touted by House Speaker Brendan Sharkey that would put student housing and new medical facilities acquired by large hospital networks on the tax rolls for the first time was one of the many concepts buried in a special session budget bill last week.

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July 3, 2015

OP-ED | Union Lobbyists Had Big Wins This Legislative Session

by Suzanne Bates | July 3, 2015 10:00am

In April, when the Democrats on the Finance Committee released their half of the budget calling for more than $2 billion in new revenue, most of the lobbyists were scrambling to get their hands on the details.

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OP-ED | The Good, The Bad, and the Ugly of the 2015 Special Session

by Susan Bigelow | July 3, 2015 8:00am

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The legislature met early this week to finish up its business from this year’s session, and managed to get a lot done. Some of it was very positive and should help Connecticut move forward. Some of it was a bit less so. And some of it was, well . . .  just ugly.

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OP-ED | Stay In Connecticut But Don’t Dismiss Scott’s Message

by Terry Cowgill | July 3, 2015 5:30am

What should we make of a Republican governor from a large state with a relatively strong economy who comes to embattled Connecticut to steal some jobs from us? For starters, we should pay attention and not dismiss him as a publicity seeker. We should not shoot the messenger, who in this case has a rather questionable business career of his own, but rather assess his message.

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July 1, 2015

Lembo Certifies $115.7M Budget Deficit

by Christine Stuart | July 1, 2015 11:37am

Christine Stuart photo The 2016 budget officially begins today, but the 2015 budget is still running a $115.7 million deficit, according to state Comptroller Kevin Lembo.

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June 30, 2015

Malloy Explains Why He Reneged on Promise Not to Raise Taxes

by Elizabeth Regan | June 30, 2015 3:49pm

Christine Stuart photo Ending a months-long budget process that went right up until the last day of the fiscal year, Gov. Dannel P. Malloy on Tuesday broke a campaign promise when he signed a two-year, $40.3 billion budget that includes $1.3 billion in tax hikes.

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