The prospect of tapping Connecticut’s emergency budget reserve for the first time in Gov. Dannel P. Malloy’s tenure loomed larger Wednesday. Facing deficit forecasts ranging up to $191 million, the administration mustered emergency cuts of less than $14 million to offset that problem.
State Comptroller Kevin P. Lembo agreed Wednesday with nonpartisan analysts that the budget deficit is worse than Gov. Dannel P. Malloy administration is projecting. But while Lembo also urged the governor and legislature “proceed without delay” to reduce the shortfall, his $172.8 million deficit forecast falls just short of the level that would compel the governor to prepare a deficit-mitigation plan.
WASHINGTON – Lockheed Martin, maker of the F-35, whose engines are produced by Pratt & Whitney, recently held a glitzy reception in the atrium of the Rayburn House Office Building, complete with a buffet and the chance to “fly” the F-35 in a cockpit simulator, to press home a point — don’t cut funding for the program. The F-35 Joint Strike Fighter faces a host of challenges.
Majority Democrats in the House of Representatives tried Tuesday afternoon to get their arms around the daunting deficits facing state finances. But after two hours behind closed doors, they left still trying.
Gov. Dannel P. Malloy named a group Tuesday to identify means to pay for a 30-year, $100 billion effort to modernize and maintain Connecticut’s transportation infrastructure. He gave them a late summer deadline, meaning he is unlikely to place a funding plan before the legislature until a special session this fall or the 2016 regular session. Continue Reading →
Mental health and substance abuse treatment providers say they're planning to limit access to programs if a proposed $25.5 million cut to grant funding goes through. A recent analysis by the state Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services says even with more insured clients, the providers will only be able to make up a fraction of the proposed grant cuts. But the governor's budget director said funding those grants is "a luxury that we can’t afford right now." Continue Reading →
The Senate Democratic majority's leadership yielded Monday to a toothless compromise on the question of capping the unlimited expenditures the state parties now can make on General Assembly races in Connecticut. The compromise: a $250,000 cap that wouldn't have meant a difference in any campaign last year. Continue Reading →
Connecticut Gov. Dannel P. Malloy, the incoming chairman of the Democratic National Governors Association, poured fuel Monday on the gay rights controversy engulfing Republican Gov. Mike Pence of Indiana. He banned state-funded travel to a state now slated to host the women's Final Four next year. Continue Reading →
Connecticut's consumer counsel, the Senate co-chairman of the legislature's Energy and Technology Committee, and the AARP's director of advocacy explained their proposed ban on variable electric rates for residential customers in The Connecticut Mirror's first Google Hangout of the 2015 session. Continue Reading →
Gov. Dannel P. Malloy has named a clinical psychologist with experience working in state and federal mental health agencies to lead the state Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services. Continue Reading →
The deadline to sign up for private insurance under the federal health law this year is long past, but some state residents who are currently uninsured will have a 30-day window to sign up for plans during April — if they meet certain criteria. Here are the details. Continue Reading →
The Connecticut News Project, Inc., welcomes two new offerings today for its growing audience — Trend CT, which will focus on public-interest data, and CT Viewpoints, an opinion forum. Continue Reading →
WASHINGTON -- Connecticut veterans are escaping the notice of a state program aimed at combating prescription painkiller abuse, an epidemic among those veterans; and the federal government's Department of Veterans Affairs is to blame, a state official says. Continue Reading →
Most roll call votes in the Connecticut legislature are easy to analyze: They are either unanimous or follow party lines. Vote Hound helps you find and analyze the other kind of votes, the ones where the patterns are not quite so clear. Explore the latest interactive database from The Connecticut Mirror and Trend CT. Continue Reading →
An appointee of Gov. Dannel P. Malloy asked legislators Friday to help her exercise greater administrative control over the state’s watchdog agencies, including one investigating the governor’s campaign finances. Continue Reading →
Lawmakers on the legislature's Education Committee have decided not to take a position on whether new charter schools should open in the state over the next two years. The committee instead decided Friday to leave the question up to the General Assembly's budget-writing Appropriations Committee. Continue Reading →
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With plans to cut spending by $22 million, the president of the state's largest public college system is asking union leaders for concessions. But the presidents of the two largest unions representing employees at the community colleges and Central, Eastern, Southern and Western Connecticut state universities say they aren't interested. Continue Reading →
Enrolling in Connecticut's public community colleges and regional state universities will be getting more expensive, and students are concerned. The Board of Regents for Higher Education voted Thursday to increase tuition and fees next school year by 4.8 to 5.3 percent, and is also considering staff reductions and layoffs. Continue Reading →