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September 28, 2017

Local Elected Officials Urge Veto Override

by Christine Stuart | Sep 28, 2017 5:20pm
Posted to: Election 2017 | Town News | Local Politics | State Budget | Education Cost Sharing | Taxes | State Capitol

Christine Stuart / ctnewsjunkie HARTFORD, CT — Local elected officials from small towns across Connecticut are urging the General Assembly to override Democratic Gov. Dannel P. Malloy’s budget veto because they say the executive order will have dire consequences for their communities.

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August 18, 2017

Malloy Adjusts His Executive Order, Cancels PILOT Payment & Zeroes Out ECS for 85 Towns

by Christine Stuart | Aug 18, 2017 1:15pm
Posted to: Education | Town News | Local Politics | Nonprofits | State Budget | Education Cost Sharing | Special Session | Taxes | State Capitol

Christine Stuart / ctnewsjunkie HARTFORD, CT — (Updated 2:30 p.m.) Gov. Dannel P. Malloy would zero out education funding for 85 communities, reduce education funding for 54 communities, and the state’s 30 neediest communities would receive the same amount of education funding they did last year. That’s if the General Assembly is unable to pass a budget before October.

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June 2, 2017

Senate Votes To Study Arming Police With Drones

by Jack Kramer | Jun 2, 2017 5:30am
Posted to: Civil Liberties | Law Enforcement | Local Politics | Public Safety

SKATZENBERGER VIA SHUTTERSTOCK HARTFORD, CT — The Senate voted Thursday to study the use of weaponized drones by law enforcement, weeks after an attempt to allow Connecticut police to be the first in the nation to use drones failed.

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May 30, 2017

Aresimowicz: No More Free Rides For Municipalities

by Jack Kramer | May 30, 2017 7:49pm
Posted to: Town News | Local Politics | State Budget

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 10, 2017

Fracking Ban, Hate Crime Penalties Pass House

by Christine Stuart | May 10, 2017 5:30am
Posted to: Energy | Environment | Local Politics

Christine Stuart / ctnewsjunkie HARTFORD, CT — It took about two hours Tuesday for the House to debate a ban on fracking waste and less than 15 minutes for members to approve a bill to increase the penalties for hate crimes.

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April 25, 2017

Sales Tax Proposal Pits Municipalities Against Nonprofits

by Jack Kramer | Apr 25, 2017 2:16pm
Posted to: Town News | Local Politics | Nonprofits | State Budget | Taxes | State Capitol

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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March 8, 2017

Senate Democrats Unable To Get Municipal Relief Vote Over Finish Line

by Jack Kramer | Mar 8, 2017 6:59pm
Posted to: Town News | Local Politics | State Budget | Education Cost Sharing | Taxes

Christine Stuart / ctnewsjunkie HARTFORD, CT - Senate Democratic lawmakers Wednesday failed to get their Republican colleagues to go along with legislation that would have allowed municipalities more time to put their budgets together.

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March 6, 2017

Malloy, Democratic Leaders Look To Push Back Municipal Budget Deadlines

by Christine Stuart | Mar 6, 2017 3:04pm
Posted to: Town News | Local Politics | State Budget | Taxes | State Capitol

Ctnewsjunkie file photo HARTFORD, CT—Gov. Dannel P. Malloy and Democratic legislative leaders told the head of the largest municipal lobby Monday that they want to see if they can help cities and towns delay their budget process and avoid possibly overtaxing or undertaxing their residents.

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February 17, 2017

OP-ED | The Little Special Election That Could? Windsor Republican May Tip Senate to GOP

by Terry Cowgill | Feb 17, 2017 6:30am
Posted to: Analysis | Elections - Special Elections | Local Politics | Opinion | State Budget | Bloomfield | Hartford | Windsor

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As the nation weighs the seismic impact of life under a Trump administration whose wheels seem to be coming off, we could soon witness earth-moving changes in Connecticut’s political landscape as well.

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Lawmakers Renew Debate Over Workers’ Comp Coverage For PTSD

by Jack Kramer | Feb 17, 2017 6:29am
Posted to: Town News | Health Care | Mental Health Care | Insurance | Local Politics | Public Safety

Courtesy of CTN HARTFORD, CT — Municipal officials told legislators Thursday that towns cannot afford the cost of legislation that would mandate workers’ compensation coverage for cops, firefighters and emergency medical technicians who suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder as a result of witnessing a death.

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