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May 16, 2016

Budget Bill Changes How State Will Estimate Deficits and Surpluses

by Christine Stuart | May 16, 2016 9:30am

Christine Stuart file photo On the campaign trail in 2014, Gov. Dannel P. Malloy was critical of how the legislature’s Office of Fiscal Analysis estimates future budget deficits, but the budget adopted last week by the General Assembly changes that practice.

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May 13, 2016

OP-ED | Garbage In, Garbage Out: A Reminder for PEAC and the State Board of Education

by Sarah Darer Littman | May 13, 2016 1:00pm

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In computer programming 101 they teach the term, “Garbage In, Garbage Out,” and it’s commonly known as “GIGO.” In other words, no matter how great the logic in your program, if you input poor data, you’re going to get a bad result.

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Prison Gerrymandering Bill Falls Flat

by Jack Kramer | May 13, 2016 11:14am

Christine Stuart file photo Despite a ruling from a federal court in Florida calling the practice unconstitutional, Connecticut’s General Assembly failed to pass a bill last month to end prison gerrymandering in the Nutmeg State.

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OP-ED | GOP Media Stumbles and Lysol For The UConn Foundation

by Terry Cowgill | May 13, 2016 5:30am

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Having been largely shut out of the government since M. Jodi Rell left 990 Prospect Avenue six years ago, the Republicans in the state of Connecticut are easy to make fun of. Despite modest gains in recent years, they still don’t have any seats in Congress, and they control neither legislative house in Hartford and none of the six constitutional offices. Heck, even deep-blue Massachusetts now has a Republican governor again.

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May 12, 2016

Senate Leaders Remain Confident In Thursday Budget Vote

by Christine Stuart | May 12, 2016 5:30am

Christine Stuart photo (Updated 7:30 a.m.) Several key documents related to the 2017 state budget weren’t posted until after midnight on the night before the Senate was expected to convene a special session to make adjustments to close a nearly $1 billion deficit.

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May 11, 2016

Some Budget Documents Released, But Not All

by Christine Stuart | May 11, 2016 5:30am

Christine Stuart file photo At least one chamber is expected to vote on a state budget Thursday, but there are still some documents that will be discussed as part of a one-day special session that have yet to be made public.

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May 9, 2016

Republican Party Chairman Walks Back Decision To Ban Reporter

by Christine Stuart | May 9, 2016 12:41pm

screengrab from video (Updated with video 2:59 p.m.) Republican Party Chairman J.R. Romano didn’t apologize for banning a reporter from the state convention, but he reneged on his decision to ban him Monday in a video posted on the party’s Facebook page.

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May 5, 2016

A Day Later, Still No Budget Document

by Christine Stuart | May 5, 2016 4:07pm

Christine Stuart photo Democratic legislative leaders and Democratic Gov. Dannel P. Malloy announced they reached a budget deal on Tuesday at 11 p.m. but they were unable to get the document drafted in time to debate it before Wednesday’s deadline. On Thursday afternoon it still wasn’t publicly available.

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Open Space Falls Short Of Super Majority

by Jack Kramer | May 5, 2016 12:54am

CTNewsJunkie file photo A constitutional amendment to bolster the protection of state-owned open space passed the Senate and House before the General Assembly adjourned Wednesday. However, proponents will have to raise the bill again next year in order to get it on the ballot for voters.

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May 4, 2016

Dems Get A Budget Deal, But Republicans Have To Let Them Pass It

by Christine Stuart | May 4, 2016 12:19am

Christine Stuart photo Democratic legislative leaders said they’ve reached a deal to close the $960 million budget gap in 2017 with Democratic Gov. Dannel P. Malloy, but the power has shifted to the Republican minority, who have to decide whether they want to defeat it.

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