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March 11, 2019

OP-ED | A Grab Bag of Gripes: Normalized Lying, Social-Media Shenanigans & Politicized Pensions

by Barth Keck | Mar 11, 2019 5:00am
Posted to: Analysis | Education | Local Politics | Media Matters | Opinion | State Budget | Pensions

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As an avid news consumer and political junkie, I feel increasingly overwhelmed by all the news and all the political “junk.” As a matter of fact, I’m simply tired of it all.

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March 8, 2019

OP-ED | Lamont Budget Is A Step in the Right Direction for Retired Teachers

by Ed Messina | Mar 8, 2019 6:00am
Posted to: Education | Town News | Labor | Opinion | Education Opinion | State Budget | Pensions | State Capitol

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After decades of not adequately funding the Teachers’ Retirement System, Connecticut is at a crossroads. Do we continue to kick the can down the road or make substantial improvements to how we fund the state’s long-term obligations to teachers? The Association of Retired Teachers of Connecticut is grateful that Gov. Ned Lamont made stable retirement funds for teachers a priority in his budget proposal.

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February 21, 2019

Lamont Asks Labor for a ‘Connecticut Moment’

by Christine Stuart | Feb 21, 2019 6:00am
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 19, 2019

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

by Christine Stuart | Feb 19, 2019 8:00pm
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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Lamont Will Need to Confront ‘Iceberg’ of Unfunded Pension Liabilities

by Christine Stuart | Feb 19, 2019 12:29pm
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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January 16, 2019

Fiscal Deadlines and Teachers’ Retirement Fund Top Agenda

by Jack Kramer | Jan 16, 2019 1:21pm
Posted to: Town News | Labor | Local Politics | State Budget | Pensions | Taxes

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PLANTSVILLE, CT — The timing of municipal aid and who should be responsible for funding the Teacher Retirement System were primary topics of discussion between legislative leaders and municipal officials at the annual Council of Small Towns (COST) meeting Wednesday.

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VIDEO: The Squeeze Is On: The Next State Budget

by CTNewsJunkie | Jan 16, 2019 10:51am
Posted to: Opinion | Live Broadcast | State Budget | Pensions | Taxes | State Capitol

CTNewsJunkie’s first policy panel discussion of 2019, The Squeeze Is On: The Next State Budget, featured as panelists State Comptroller Kevin Lembo, Connecticut School Finance Project Executive Director Katie Roy, and Deputy House Minority Leader Vincent Candelora with CTNewsJunkie’s Christine Stuart as moderator.

This event was made possible through the sponsorship of Dominion Energy and host reSETco.org (the Social Enterprise Trust) — Hartford’s first co-working space.

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January 11, 2019

Pension Commission Still Wrestling With Asset Question

by Christine Stuart | Jan 11, 2019 10:52am
Posted to: State Budget | Pensions

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HARTFORD, CT — Would $500 million in state-owned property be enough to create a trust fund to help stabilize one of the nation’s worst under-funded pension liabilities? Should state parks and forests be exempt from consideration? What about polluted or historic properties?

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January 4, 2019

Biz Panel: Moving Traffic, Tackling Teacher Pensions, Stopping Population Loss

by Jack Kramer | Jan 4, 2019 2:29pm
Posted to: Business | The Economy | State Budget | Pensions | Hartford

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HARTFORD, CT —Stemming population loss, fixing the state’s deteriorating highways and tackling the multi-billion dollar issue of the teacher’s retirement system were the top issues a panel of experts listed Friday as ways to right Connecticut’s fiscal ship.

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December 20, 2018

Malloy Reflects On Wins & Losses

by Christine Stuart | Dec 20, 2018 1:00am
Posted to: State Budget | Pensions | State Capitol

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HARTFORD, CT — “I think what people fail to understand is I didn’t think I was going to have a second term,” outgoing Gov. Dannel P. Malloy said Tuesday during a wide-ranging exit interview in his office.

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