WASHINGTON – With the backing of Rep. Joe Courtney, the House Armed Services Committee this week authorized billions of dollars for weapons systems built in Connecticut, including $1.4 billion for a new fund to pay for a new class of nuclear submarines likely to be built by General Dynamics Electric Boat in Groton.
A federal research agency has suspended $4.6 million in grants it awarded to the University of Connecticut while federal officials investigate the university’s use of grant money to buy equipment from a tech company owned by two UConn professors. State auditors charged that the public university failed to notify their office of the investigation, as state law requires.
Senate leaders are pushing forward with a package of controversial proposals aimed at increasing transparency in health care costs and quality, and giving the state more levers to address the growth of large health systems that control multiple hospitals and physician practices. But it’s still unclear exactly what shape it will take — or how much support it will have in the House.
A legislative panel not only recommended hefty tax increases to balance the next state budget, but also endorsed enough to run up more than $300 million in surpluses by 2017. The reason for doing that became apparent late Thursday when a new report downgraded how much revenue growth the state can count on in its new budget.
It’s easy to get lost in the numbers of the new revenue plan a legislative panel recommended Wednesday for the next two-year state budget. For those keeping score at home, here’s a rundown of the major points of the Finance, Revenue and Bonding Committee’s plan. Continue Reading →
OLD SAYBROOK — Gov. Dannel P. Malloy dismissed Democratic and GOP revisions to his budget proposal as political posturing Thursday, setting a chilly tone as the administration and General Assembly begin to negotiate a compromise budget. Continue Reading →
He’s struck a multi-million-dollar deal to settle a protracted civil rights case by state employee unions against former Gov. John G. Rowland. Now, all Attorney General George Jepsen has to do is sell it to a cash-strapped legislature. Continue Reading →
Updated April 29
Which programs do the governor and both parties in the legislature want to cut? What taxes do they want to raise? 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. Continue Reading →
Foster children in Connecticut are still not getting all the mental health services, child care and housing supports they need, partly because the programs are not available, a federal court monitor reported Wednesday. Continue Reading →
A key legislative panel broke Wednesday with Gov. Dannel P. Malloy by recommending a plan that bolsters state tax and fee receipts by more than $1.8 billion over the next two fiscal years, including more than $540 million in new income taxes on the wealthy and an overhaul of the sales tax. Continue Reading →
The acceptance letters have been mailed and enrollment at the University of Connecticut is set to increase next year, but the school's president warns she may not have the money to hire the necessary faculty. Continue Reading →
Members of a key legislative panel will be asked Wednesday to approve a plan that bolsters tax receipts by almost $1.8 billion in the next two year budget, including $540 million in new income taxes on the wealthy and an overhaul of the sales tax. Continue Reading →
Faculty at four of the state’s public colleges have passed resolutions expressing no confidence in the system’s president, Gregory Gray — an unusual move that puts pressure on the system’s governing board just as the embattled president's contract comes up for renewal. The contract decision will force the board to evaluate Gray and his plans for the 90,000-student system. Continue Reading →
The legislature’s tax-writing panel Wednesday will consider recommending an increase in income taxes on Connecticut’s wealthiest households, retroactive to Jan. 1, to help close the large deficit in the next budget, according to sources. The Democrat-controlled Finance, Revenue and Bonding Committee also will consider significantly extending the sales tax to new goods and services as part of a plan to overhaul non-education municipal aid and limit local car taxes. Continue Reading →
Nearly 11 years after John G. Rowland’s resignation, Connecticut is being asked to accept a multi-million-dollar settlement of damages arising from the former Republican governor’s layoffs of more than 2,000 unionized state employees, an act deemed illegal by a federal appeals court. Continue Reading →
Adding 1 percentage point to the sales tax, imposing tolls or even selling some of Connecticut’s transportation assets were among the “potential” options Gov. Dannel P. Malloy’s administration outlined Tuesday to pay for a major transportation overhaul over the coming decades. Continue Reading →
WASHINGTON – Rep. Joe Courtney has plunged into the latest fight over the Affordable Care Act, attacking the so-called “Cadillac tax” that will eventually be implemented on high-cost health care policies. Continue Reading →
WASHINGTON – Hartford has won out over dozens of other communities trying to achieve “Promise Zone” status, a designation that will bring an impoverished city neighborhood priority access to federal resources, the White House announced Tuesday. Continue Reading →