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March 25, 2019

Kane Softens On Prosecutorial Transparency

by Lisa Backus | Mar 25, 2019 4:21pm
Posted to: Courts | Legal | State Budget | Criminal Justice

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HARTFORD, CT — After a few collaborative tweaks, Chief State’s Attorney Kevin Kane announced Monday his support of a bill that would require his office to annually provide all arrest and sentencing data for public view. The bill would also allow defendants to have legal representation during parole revocation hearings.

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March 21, 2019

Federal Government Paves The Way for Tribal Winds Casino

by Jack Kramer | Mar 21, 2019 2:24pm
Posted to: Congress | Gaming | Town News | Bridgeport | East Windsor | State Budget | Taxes | Tribes | White House

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HARTFORD, CT — A third casino in Connecticut could be open in 18 to 24 months now that the Department of Interior’s Bureau of Indian Affairs has officially signed off on amendments to Indian gaming agreements that pave the way for an East Windsor casino.

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March 20, 2019

Transportation Committee Advances 3 Toll Bills

by Christine Stuart | Mar 20, 2019 6:04pm
Posted to: Business | State Budget | Taxes | Transportation

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HARTFORD, CT — A key legislative committee passed three bills that pave the way for electronic tolling in Connecticut after three hours of debate Wednesday. All three bills passed 23-13 along party lines.

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Collective Bargaining, Inmate Medical Care Driving Increase In Correction Budget

by Lisa Backus | Mar 20, 2019 11:17am
Posted to: Health Care | Labor | State Budget

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On the campaign trail savings from the Department of Correction were supposed to help Gov. Ned Lamont pay for a property tax credit for the middle class, but in his first two-year budget proposal, spending on the agency would increase $35 million.

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March 19, 2019

Wall Street Upgrades Outlook On Connecticut Bonds

by Christine Stuart | Mar 19, 2019 10:16pm
Posted to: State Budget | Wall Street

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HARTFORD, CT — It’s only been 18 years since this last happened, but a Wall Street rating agency upgraded its outlook on Connecticut’s general obligation bonds this week.

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Transportation Committee Readies Vote On Tolls

by Christine Stuart | Mar 19, 2019 5:00am
Posted to: State Budget | Taxes | State Capitol | Transportation

Courtesy of Lamont's office

HARTFORD, CT — The rhetoric regarding the installation of highway tolls has intensified over the past few days in anticipation of the first committee vote on the issue.

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OP-ED | Why DO We Need Tolls, Anyway?

by Susan Bigelow | Mar 19, 2019 4:59am
Posted to: Analysis | Data | Energy | Opinion | State Budget | Taxes | Transportation

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When it comes to tolls on the roads, Connecticut has moved from denial (“It’ll just affect out-of-state trucks! Honest!”) through some pretty righteous anger, and well into bargaining territory.

Actually, scratch that, I think we’re back at denial. This could take a while.

Now that opponents have begun to realize that cutting spending is impossible when faced with the state’s budget realities, and that the Republicans’ “Prioritize Progress” plan to borrow our way out of this is magical thinking at best, a new line of attack has emerged. This time, the whole rationale for putting up tolls is suspect. There is in fact no funding crisis for transportation at all, because gas tax revenues are rising!

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March 15, 2019

Public Is Divided On Lamont’s Tax Proposal

by Christine Stuart | Mar 15, 2019 5:25pm
Posted to: State Budget | Taxes | State Capitol

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HARTFORD, CT — Taxpayers from every walk of life descended on the Legislative Office Building to offer their opinions Friday on the first public airing of Gov. Ned Lamont’s tax proposals.

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March 14, 2019

Tuition For State Universities Poised To Increase 5 Percent Next Year

by Jack Kramer | Mar 14, 2019 5:30am
Posted to: Education | State Budget

Courtesy of the Board of Regents

HARTFORD, CT — Students at Connecticut’s four state universities are going to have to dig a little deeper to pay for their education next year.

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March 12, 2019

Connecticut’s Top Prosecutor Wants More Staff

by Lisa Backus | Mar 12, 2019 12:00pm
Posted to: Courts | Law Enforcement | Legal | State Budget

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HARTFORD, CT — Despite a $2.4 million budget increase recommended by Gov. Ned Lamont, Chief State’s Attorney Kevin Kane said he’s looking for another $1.5 million on top of that to continue and expand a successful court diversion program while also meeting the needs of legislators who are calling for greater transparency within the Division of Criminal Justice.

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