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February 21, 2019

Public Option Discussion Moves Forward

by Christine Stuart | Feb 21, 2019 3:41pm
Posted to: Events | Health Care | Insurance

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HARTFORD, CT — Connecticut lawmakers are taking a hard look this year at government-sponsored public health insurance options.

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Lamont Says Tolling All Vehicles Is The Best Solution

by Jack Kramer | Feb 21, 2019 3:25pm
Posted to: Transportation

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HARTFORD, CT —The day after he presented two different tolling plans to the General Assembly Gov. Ned Lamont Thursday made it clear he favors tolling all vehicles, not just trucks.

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Lamont Offers No Tax Relief To Hospitals

by Christine Stuart | Feb 21, 2019 11:49am
Posted to: Health Care | State Budget

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HARTFORD, CT — Gov. Ned Lamont may not use the same rhetoric as his predecessor, but his budget is just as harsh on Connecticut’s hospitals when it comes to taxing them.

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Lamont Asks Labor for a ‘Connecticut Moment’

by Christine Stuart | Feb 21, 2019 5:00am
Posted to: Labor | State Budget | Pensions

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HARTFORD, CT — With a no-layoff provision and a contract for health and pension benefits that extends to 2027, Gov. Ned Lamont has nothing he can offer his friends in labor, yet he asked them Wednesday to make changes to their future pension benefits.

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February 20, 2019

Lamont Plan Calls For 53 Toll Gantries And ‘Graduated Reduction’ in the Gas Tax

by Jack Kramer | Feb 20, 2019 3:54pm
Posted to: State Budget | Taxes | State Capitol | Transportation

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HARTFORD, CT (UPDATED 8:30 p.m.) — The plan for tolling all vehicles that Gov. Ned Lamont mapped out Wednesday would include 53 gantries and limit the tolling to Interstates 84, 91, 95 and Route 15.

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Lamont Faces Opposition To New Taxes

by Christine Stuart | Feb 20, 2019 2:09pm

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HARTFORD, CT — Gov. Ned Lamont didn’t even mention the 1.5 cent per ounce tax on sugary beverages, but there was little doubt Wednesday about who didn’t support his proposal.

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Lamont’s Budget Will Tax Services, Some Goods

by Christine Stuart | Feb 20, 2019 10:30am
Posted to: State Budget | Taxes | State Capitol

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HARTFORD, CT — Gov. Ned Lamont’s first two-year budget proposal will include taxes on sugary beverages, plastic bags, liquor bottles, legal services, interior design, real estate, veterinarian services, accounting services, digital downloads, home renovations, winter boat storage, over-the-counter drugs, and newspaper and magazine sales.

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February 19, 2019

Labor Says It Won’t Entertain Lamont’s Request For Concessions

by Christine Stuart | Feb 19, 2019 7:00pm
Posted to: State Budget | Pensions | Taxes | State Capitol

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HARTFORD, CT — Gov. Ned Lamont has quickly learned that Connecticut’s pension and debt obligations are among the largest cost drivers in government, and in order to fix the state budget he’s going to need to tackle them head-on, even if it upsets his friends in labor.

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State Lawmakers Stay Focused on Opioid Epidemic

by Jack Kramer | Feb 19, 2019 3:00pm
Posted to: Health Care | Legal

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GUILFORD, CT — A group of state officials took a few seconds Tuesday to bask in the good news that the death rate from the opioid epidemic seems to have finally peaked, but quickly moved on to what new steps the state should be taking to decrease the still staggering fatality rate.

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Lamont Will Need to Confront ‘Iceberg’ of Unfunded Pension Liabilities

by Christine Stuart | Feb 19, 2019 11:29am
Posted to: State Budget | Pensions

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A week ago Gov. Ned Lamont told the Greater Waterbury Chamber of Commerce that one of the things that surprised him when he got a good look under the hood of state government was the “scale of the fiscal crisis.”

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