Track the budget: Malloy’s proposed cuts

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This tool is intended to be an easy way to track some of the biggest proposed state budget cuts and tax increases as the process unfolds. When legislators come up with their own budget, we’ll update our chart to reflect which of the governor’s proposals legislators adopted, changed or eliminated. And we’ll update it to show which proposals made it into the final budget and which got left out. Continue Reading →

Malloy’s fitful search for a ‘new normal’ on budgets

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy inspecting the I-84 viaduct in Hartford, which he says needs replacement at a cost of billions.

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. Continue Reading →

CT municipalities fear they may finally take a budget hit

Senate President Pro Tem Martin M. Looney

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 →

Track the budget, part 3: Taxes and fees

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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 →