WASHINGTON – The Obama administration is on the brink of making new federal tribal recognition rules – a move that could be a boon to several Connecticut tribes. Opponents, however, fearful of the ramifications of the new rules on casino operations and land claims, are making 11th-hour attempts to stop or slow the process.
Gov. Dannel P. Malloy talks about his push for a “Second Chance Society” for ex-offenders and his intention to somehow coax the General Assembly into putting the state on a path to spend $100 billion on transportation over 30 years. But the reality of governing in the first months of his second term is less about big ideas than the prospect of a protracted and painful conversation with a restive General Assembly about what kind of government Connecticut can afford.
U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida, a recently declared candidate for the Republican nomination for president, will give Connecticut an early look at his campaign -- at a dinner honoring the grandfather of a likely rival, Jeb Bush. Continue Reading →
Like about half of the states in the nation, Connecticut has imposed a cap on the amount of money the state government can spend. But each state has approached the problem of controlling the spending habits of its governors and legislature differently, and Connecticut’s spending cap is unique in a number of ways. Continue Reading →
WASHINGTON — While it seems they ended their last campaigns just a short while ago, the members of Connecticut's House delegation have begun raising money for their re-election efforts. Rep. Elizabeth Esty brought in the most money during the first quarter of 2015, but Rep. Jim Himes had the most cash on hand. Continue Reading →
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While announcing Dianna Wentzell as the state's next education commissioner Friday, Gov. Dannel P. Malloy made clear he was looking for a teacher — a qualification his first controversial commissioner did not have. Continue Reading →
After being spared the state budget axe again and again since the Great Recession, leaders of Connecticut’s cities and towns are fearful their perfect track record may be at risk. Though they suffer no major cuts in Gov. Dannel P. Malloy’s proposed new budget, municipal leaders see legislators – who are scrambling to plug other holes in the governor’s plan – eyeing the $3.2 billion municipal aid package hungrily. Continue Reading →
Would binding arbitration or a "cooling-off period" help to avert the protracted contract disputes that can lead hospitals and insurers to threaten to sever ties, worrying patients? Or would they simply add more burdens to negotiations that usually get settled by the deadline? Continue Reading →
WASHINGTON – Sen. Chris Murphy would give “angel” investors a new federal tax break and is also co-sponsoring another bill introduced Thursday that would erase a barrier between those investors and start-up companies that need their money. Continue Reading →
The Mirror’s budget tracking tool is designed to help you follow along as the governor and legislators try to build a spending and tax plan for the upcoming two fiscal years. This week, we’re adding the proposed tax and fee hikes in Gov. Dannel P. Malloy’s budget to the list of cuts Malloy has proposed to areas including health care, social services, municipal aid, public safety, arts and culture, job training programs, libraries and prisons. Continue Reading →
WASHINGTON — Although he has yet to announce his political intentions, Sen. Richard Blumenthal raised more than $1.2 million in campaign cash this year — a sign he's mounting a race for re-election. Continue Reading →
A legislative hearing on a renewed proposal to legalize keno raised old concerns Wednesday about expanding gambling in restaurants, bars and convenience stores and new ones about profit-sharing and technology. Continue Reading →
Heeding pressure from the state Capitol, the community college programs in Meriden will remain open after all, the college system's president announced Wednesday. But he said he's depending on the state to fund the campuses. Continue Reading →
WASHINGTON — While they had reservations about some provisions of the bill, Sens. Richard Blumenthal and Chris Murphy joined an overwhelming majority in the U.S. Senate to approve a bill preventing a 21 percent cut in Medicare fees for doctors. Continue Reading →