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June 21, 2017

Cities and Towns Try To Grab Lawmakers’ Attention

by Christine Stuart | June 21, 2017 5:30am

Screengrab of CCM ad A municipal lobbying group is asking lawmakers to act quickly to adopt a responsible state budget. But getting their attention — now that lawmakers aren’t gathering at the state Capitol on a daily basis — is a challenge.

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June 4, 2017

House Sends Municipal Relief Bill To Senate

by Christine Stuart | June 4, 2017 5:29pm

Christine Stuart / ctnewsjunkie HARTFORD, CT — Acknowledging they won’t have the state budget resolved by June 7, the House took the first step Saturday to help municipalities deal with the uncertainty about how much state aid they will receive when a budget is finally adopted.

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June 2, 2017

OP-ED | Time For Troopers To Step Up On Fringe Benefits

by Terry Cowgill | June 2, 2017 5:30am

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When it comes time to rein in spending, few departments are exempt from the budget axe. But public safety is one of those entities that makes people nervous anytime cuts are mentioned.

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May 30, 2017

Aresimowicz: No More Free Rides For Municipalities

by Jack Kramer | May 30, 2017 7:49pm

Jack Kramer / ctnewsjunkie HARTFORD, CT — Whatever two-year budget is finally approved by the General Assembly, it’s almost certain that a lot less state money will be going to the vast majority of the 169 towns and cities in the state.

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May 22, 2017

State Lawmakers Make Plea To Colleagues Over Crumbling Foundations

by Christine Stuart | May 22, 2017 12:41pm

Christine Stuart / ctnewsjunkie HARTFORD, CT — Regional officials and lawmakers from eastern Connecticut want to make sure the General Assembly acts this year to help homeowners with crumbling foundations.

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May 15, 2017

Malloy’s Revisions Continue To Ask Municipalities For Help Balancing The State Budget

by Christine Stuart | May 15, 2017 2:23pm

Christine Stuart / ctnewsjunkie HARTFORD, CT — Gov. Dannel P. Malloy’s revised budget proposal cuts an additional $600 million in the first year of the two-year budget for 2018-19, bringing spending down 1.2 percent below the current year’s budget.

And within the proposal Malloy also continues to ask cities and towns for help.

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May 10, 2017

Toll Debate Heats Up With One Month Left In Session

by Christine Stuart | May 10, 2017 1:19pm

Christine Stuart / ctnewsjunkie HARTFORD, CT — Senate Republicans want to reframe the debate over highway tolls because they feel the facts and narrative have gotten away from lawmakers in favor of the idea.

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May 4, 2017

Senate Gives Final Passage To Three Bills Wednesday

by Christine Stuart | May 4, 2017 9:58am

Ctnewsjunkie file photo HARTFORD, CT— The House and Senate may not have a budget, but they’ve been able to give final passage to a few bills already this year.

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April 28, 2017

OP-ED | A Mall on the Brink in Enfield

by Susan Bigelow | April 28, 2017 10:00am

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ENFIELD, CT — It’s a quiet suburban tragedy: the small shopping mall at the heart of my town is slowly dying. The same thing is happening to malls all across the country.

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April 25, 2017

Sales Tax Proposal Pits Municipalities Against Nonprofits

by Jack Kramer | April 25, 2017 2:16pm

Jack Kramer / ctnewsjunkie HARTFORD, CT — The state’s largest organization of local leaders came out in support of a plan Wednesday to raise the state’s sales tax rate from 6.35 percent to 6.99 percent as long as the increased hundreds of millions generated would be sent back to the municipalities.

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