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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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April 21, 2017

OP-ED | Drastic Times: Let Towns Have Their Own Sales Taxes

by Terry Cowgill | April 21, 2017 5:30am

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In an effort to fill a projected yawning gap in the upcoming biennial budget, lawmakers in Hartford continue to consider a wide variety of revenue enhancement options. In my last column, we explored the proposed plastic-bag tax.

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April 17, 2017

Casino Operators Continue Fight Over Third Casino

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

Christine Stuart / ctnewsjunkie photo HARTFORD, CT — The Finance, Revenue, and Bonding Committee jumped into the debate Monday over a third commercial casino with a public hearing on its own bill that would open bidding for Connecticut’s first casino off tribal land.

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April 11, 2017

Malloy Reminds Lawmakers About Connecticut’s High Fixed Costs, Bond Rating

by Christine Stuart | April 11, 2017 11:30am

HARTFORD, CT — Gov. Dannel P. Malloy reminded lawmakers Monday that at least one Wall Street credit rating agency captured the “sobering and credible view” of the budget challenges Connecticut faces.

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April 2, 2017

OP-ED | In Tough Times Local Leaders Unite & Lead

by Joe DeLong | April 2, 2017 10:00pm

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On Jan. 25, during a press conference CCM commissioned to release its report, “This Is Different - Securing the Future Service Sharing and Revenue Diversification for Connecticut Municipalities,” a reporter asked Hartford Mayor Luke Bronin if the General Assembly adopted the recommendations in the report in their entirety, would the city of Hartford be solvent? The Mayor’s answer: “This would put our city in a position to be stable and I think to become vibrant.”

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March 31, 2017

OP-ED | State Sticks It To Towns With Pension Payment Proposal

by Barth Keck | March 31, 2017 5:30am

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The latest education news reminds me of my second year teaching when the citizens of Haddam and Killingworth were engaged in the annual school budget drama.

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March 16, 2017

New Bipartisan Coalition Calls For Action on Education Funding

by Christine Stuart | March 16, 2017 11:30am

ctnewsjunkie file photo HARTFORD, CT — A new nonprofit organization is trying in a bipartisan manner with “out of the box voices” to convey the urgency of coming up with a formula for how the state funds education.

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March 14, 2017

Is It Time to Increase or Eliminate Connecticut’s Bottle Bill?

by Christine Stuart | March 14, 2017 2:54pm

Albert Karimov via shutterstock HARTFORD, CT — Several bills this year are aimed at improving or abolishing Connecticut’s decades old bottle bill.

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March 9, 2017

Local Elected Officials Tell Lawmakers To Take Teacher Pension Shift Off the Table

by Christine Stuart | March 9, 2017 1:07pm

Christine Stuart / ctnewsjunkie HARTFORD, CT — A group of local elected officials said Thursday that it is illegal for Democratic Gov. Dannel P. Malloy to shift about a third of the state’s contributions to the Teacher’s Retirement System to cities and towns.

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