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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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Poll Finds That Tolls Are Still Unpopular

by Christine Stuart | Mar 12, 2019 5:15am
Posted to: Poll | State Budget | Taxes | Transportation

Courtesy of Sacred Heart University

HARTFORD, CT — A Sacred Heart University poll of 1,004 Connecticut residents found 59 percent oppose electronic highway tolls and 54.5 percent would seek a route around electronic highway tolls if they are installed.

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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

Court Recording Monitors Fear Job Loss With Outsourcing in Bill

by Lisa Backus | Mar 8, 2019 6:00am
Posted to: Courts | Jobs | Labor | Legal | State Budget | State Capitol

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While both sides agree that integrity matters when it comes to the accurate and timely transcription of court proceedings, the state’s court recording monitors are protesting what they believe is a move by Judicial Branch officials to outsource their jobs.

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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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