Gov. Dannel P. Malloy’s insistence on increasing funding for charter schools has more than a dozen Democratic legislators questioning whether they can support the next state budget if it means their neighborhood public schools are flat-funded or cut.
As Gov. Dannel P. Malloy’s transportation enhancement plan advances, the union the state’s transportation engineers offered new evidence this week that its members can do the job more cost-effectively than the private sector could.
The House of Representatives overwhelmingly voted Thursday night for sweeping campaign finance reforms offered by the GOP minority, a bipartisan gesture of protest directed at Senate Democrats reluctant to stem the flow of big money into publicly financed campaigns. Continue Reading →
The push by the Mashantucket Pequot and Mohegan tribal nations for casino expansion in Connecticut ended early Friday morning with final passage of a measure that represents more of a consolation prize than a victory. Continue Reading →
Sources say legislative leaders and Gov. Dannel P. Malloy's administration are creeping up on a tentative agreement on a new two-year budget. Few details have leaked, but the sources said spending will be less than the legislature's Appropriations Committee has recommended, and the latest talks have centered on the taxes that will be required to balance the budget. Continue Reading →
Gov. Dannel P. Malloy cautioned legislative leaders in overnight budget talks against using a sales-tax increase for municipal aid, saying he sees the tax as a likely funding source for his ambitious transportation initiative, sources said Thursday. Continue Reading →
Connecticut business leaders warned Thursday that a controversial corporation tax change under consideration for the next state budget could have a profound and immediate impact on the state’s job market. Continue Reading →
The Senate voted Thursday to do away with the requirement that every high school junior take the Smarter Balanced Assessments, the controversial exams aligned with the Common Core State Standards. Instead, every student would take either the SAT or ACT college-entrance exam. But not everyone is convinced it's a good idea. Continue Reading →
The board of Connecticut’s health insurance exchange approved a 22 percent hike in the fee it charges insurers to help fund its operations, a cost that’s likely to be passed on to insurance customers. Continue Reading →
Thirty percent of the 47 judges Malloy has nominated to the Superior Court since taking office in 2011 have been minorities, twice the percentage of those named by his two immediate predecessors. His latest group of nominees is up for confirmation by the General Assembly. Continue Reading →
While Gov. Dannel P. Malloy and Democratic legislative leaders negotiate the next state budget behind closed doors, Republican legislators tried late Wednesday to refocus attention on their plan to seek concessions from state employees. Continue Reading →
Expanded workers’ compensation coverage for police and firefighters, one of the most heavily lobbied issues of the 2015 session, is likely to die from inaction in the House of Representatives, legislative leaders said Wednesday. Continue Reading →
The House of Representatives voted 144 to 1 Wednesday for final passage of legislation banning electric retailers from offering variable-rate contracts to residential customers. The governor intends to sign the bill. Continue Reading →
Despite a Senate Democratic plan to pump $700 million in sales tax receipts into communities over the next two years to relieve property taxpayers, municipal leaders took aim Wednesday at another of the caucus’s key initiatives: a mandated expansion of workers’ compensation for police and fire-fighters. Continue Reading →
Along with sponsor AARP, The Connecticut Mirror hosted its fourth Google Hangout of the 2015 Connecticut Legislative session to discuss variable rates and the fixed-rate cap with third-party electric retailers. Continue Reading →