The legislature’s budget-writing panel recommended adding $514 million in spending to Gov. Dannel P. Malloy’s plan for the next fiscal year — and embraced a radical new interpretation of the constitutional spending cap — primarily to bolster human services and education.
WASHINGTON — Federal investigators Monday detailed a number of problems with Pratt & Whitney’s F135 engine program for the F-35 fighter jet and urged the Pentagon to be a better watchdog of the program.
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Which programs do the governor and both parties in the legislature want to cut? Where do they disagree? And how would the programs you care about fare under each of the three budget proposals released this year? This searchable tool is intended to help you figure that out.
Connecticut Mirror budget reporter Keith M. Phaneuf and Connecticut Business & Industry Association President Joe Brennan discuss the prospect of business tax increases in the next state budget, which would hurt the most, and whether companies would support Gov. Dannel P. Malloy's transportation initiative this fall.
Leaders of the legislature’s tax-writing panel have made it no secret they hope to minimize new taxes on Connecticut corporations this year as politicians and business leaders alike hope for the economy’s best year since the Great Recession ended. But one key alternative the Finance, Revenue and Bonding Committee is expected to recommend this week involves a major overhaul of Connecticut’s sales tax – a move the state’s chief business lobby warns could damage the economy worse if handled improperly. Continue Reading →
Online ticket sales will continue only through today for the second event in The Mirror’s four-part Policy Pairings Series, which will take place at Two Roads Brewing Company in Stratford on Tuesday from 5 to 7 p.m. The discussion will focus on the long-term future of road transportation in Connecticut. The panel will be moderated by Mirror Capitol Bureau Chief Mark Pazniokas. Each ticket entitles you to an open sampling of Two Roads beers and assorted pub fare will also be served. Continue Reading →
Along with sponsor AARP, The Connecticut Mirror hosts its second Google Hangout of the 2015 Connecticut legislative session to discuss the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA). Joining host and Mirror Capitol Bureau Chief Mark Pazniokas is Catherine Bailey, the legal and public policy director of the Connecticut Women's Education and Legal Fund, and Enzo Pastore, national policy expert, AARP, from Washington, D.C. Continue Reading →
The legislature’s Republican minority argued Friday that Connecticut could avoid most of the painful tax hikes and social service cuts in Gov. Dannel P. Malloy’s budget — and offer modest tax relief — by dramatically scaling back labor costs over the next two fiscal years. Continue Reading →
WASHINGTON – The battle lines drawn over a proposed U.S. trade pact with 11 Pacific Rim nations are running straight through Connecticut, which has emerged as the home of some of the proposed agreement’s most ardent supporters and bitter foes. Continue Reading →
With the careful language of a State Department communiqué, New England’s governors renewed their commitment Thursday to “coordinated action to address our regional energy challenge.” Continue Reading →
WASHINGTON — Although she’s considered her party's front-runner in the race for the White House, Hillary Clinton has not locked up the endorsements of even half of the Democrats in Congress. So Connecticut Rep. Rosa DeLauro, who endorsed Clinton last week, offered to help boost those numbers this week. Continue Reading →
The five little-known Connecticut Conservation Districts help municipalities and the public with soil and water conservation problems and projects they can’t handle themselves. Gov. Dannel P. Malloy's proposed budget would end all $300,000 in state funding for the districts — money they say is necessary to run their offices and leverage larger sums in the form of grants. Continue Reading →
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WASHINGTON – Kevin Washburn, the head of the Bureau of Indian Affairs, hinted Wednesday he may have eliminated a provision in new tribal recognition rules that would stymie efforts by several Connecticut tribes to seek federal status. Continue Reading →
A twisting path to reconfirmation for Chief Justice Chase T. Rogers reached its end with a 139-6 House vote Wednesday, but not before a Latina legislator accused Rogers of slighting the Supreme Court's first and only Latina justice. Continue Reading →
After watching state income tax receipts fall short of expectations for three years in a row, Gov. Dannel P. Malloy and the legislature could be on the cusp of some fiscal good fortune this spring – albeit something modest. Continue Reading →
The University of Connecticut and its graduate assistants' union have reached a tentative first-ever agreement on a three-year contract that grants the assistants nine percent pay raises over the next three years. Continue Reading →
Serafettin Senel and Andrew Phillips are inmates at the Willard-Cybulski prison complex, one of Connecticut’s expensive monuments to the mistakes of men. Like 90 percent of everyone sentenced to prison, they eventually will go home. On Tuesday, they became symbols of a new effort to prepare them for that day. Continue Reading →