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February 21, 2019

Lamont Administration Seeks Resignations of Political Appointees

by Christine Stuart | Feb 21, 2019 11:07pm
Posted to: State Capitol

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HARTFORD, CT — Gov. Ned Lamont asked more than 100 political appointees in executive branch agencies to submit their letters of resignation Thursday.

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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’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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February 18, 2019

Healthcare Forum: Would A Public Option Help Connecticut?

by CTNewsJunkie | Feb 18, 2019 11:31pm
Posted to: Analysis | Events | Health Care | Mental Health Care | Insurance | Opinion | Public Health | State Capitol | Hartford

This is the second CTNewsJunkie policy forum to bring together policymakers and experts to explore potential policy benefits and risks.

Join us Thursday, Feb. 21 at 10 a.m. at the state Capitol. We have reserved Room 310 in the state Capitol building, and while CTNewsJunkie members will have the option to reserve seats up front, all are welcome.

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OP-ED | Lucy’s Football And Organizing Au Courant

by Terry Cowgill | Feb 18, 2019 5:00am
Posted to: Analysis | Opinion | State Budget | Taxes | State Capitol | Transportation

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Won’t we Nutmeggers ever learn? Our leaders run for higher office promising not to raise certain taxes during an economic crisis. We either believe them or we shrug and assume that lying to us is something we deserve.

My first recollection of this phenomenon was almost 30 years ago. In his campaign for governor in 1990, Lowell Weicker turned a promise on its head, vowing no change to Connecticut’s position as one of only two New England states without a personal income tax. After winning, he promptly did his best imitation of Dana Carvey’s Church Lady: “Never mind.”

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February 15, 2019

Lamont Finds Bipartisan Support To Repeal One Tax, But Will Find Resistance To Others

by Christine Stuart | Feb 15, 2019 6:45am
Posted to: State Budget | Taxes | State Capitol

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HARTFORD, CT — Gov. Ned Lamont might be a Democrat, but he’s also a business executive who ran a small cable company for years.

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February 13, 2019

Republicans Offer Transportation Proposal Again In First of Three Press Conferences

by Jack Kramer | Feb 13, 2019 5:18pm
Posted to: State Budget | Taxes | State Capitol | Transportation

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HARTFORD, CT — A week after Democrats spelled out their priorities for the current legislative session, Republicans answered Wednesday with their own proposals which they said encourage economic growth through public-private partnerships and make transportation projects a priority.

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Lamont’s Relationship With Hospitals Faces First Test

by Christine Stuart | Feb 13, 2019 5:00am
Posted to: State Budget | Taxes | State Capitol

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HARTFORD, CT — It’s not a conversation Gov. Ned Lamont’s administration is ready to have, and whatever decision his team makes regarding how it treats state hospitals may be revealed on Feb. 20 with his budget.

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February 12, 2019

ANALYSIS | Lamont’s Strong Medicine Comes With Sugar

by Susan Bigelow | Feb 12, 2019 4:59am
Posted to: Analysis | Business | The Economy | Jobs | Opinion | State Budget | Taxes | State Capitol | Transportation | DMV

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Next Wednesday, Gov. Ned Lamont will be sharing his full budget plan in a speech to the General Assembly, but on Monday we got a little preview of what that might entail in a serious-yet-optimistic open letter the governor sent the people of Connecticut.

In that letter, Lamont warned people to “temper your enthusiasm” about this year’s budget surplus, citing as dangers both fixed costs and the possibility of another economic downturn.

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