J.R. Romano was on the phone in his downtown Hartford office, confronting a daily reality of being the new chairman of the Connecticut Republican Party: The 36-year-old former marketer, securities dealer and college football player was cultivating a donor. He says he knows how to sell.
WASHINGTON — The Tea Party, aided by other conservative Republicans and the billionaire Koch brothers, celebrated a big victory last week when Congress failed to reauthorize the charter of a bank that helps U.S. businesses, including Connecticut-based General Electric and United Technologies, make sales overseas.
State Treasurer Denise L. Nappier threatened last year to warn Connecticut bond investors about legal problems that still leave the state’s pension system at risk of federal disqualification, according to a letter obtained this week by The Mirror.
Former state Senate Republican Leader Lewis B. Rome, who maintained a rich presence in public life as a lawyer, lobbyist and UConn trustee long after his political career ended with a loss in the 1982 race for governor, died Wednesday after a series of health problems. He was 81.
Three years after state legislators ordered the state’s largest public college system to set up a way for community college students to transfer to a regional Connecticut state university without losing credits, higher education officials report they can see the finish line. Continue Reading →
Gov. Dannel P. Malloy renewed a fight with organized labor Wednesday by vetoing legislation sought by teachers' unions that would have set a statutory requirement for state education commissioners to have a strong classroom background, something his first education commissioner lacked. The CEA is asking legislators to override the veto. Continue Reading →
What separates retired Connecticut teachers from the working poor, middle-income consumers, corporations and insurance companies? In the context of the new state budget, it’s the ability to get a tax break. Continue Reading →
The rocky path to a fiscal plan for the next two years ended Tuesday with Gov. Dannel P. Malloy signing the budget adopted June 3 in the closing minutes of the 2015 session — and tax rollbacks passed earlier Tuesday in special session to quell an outcry from business interests. Continue Reading →
Legislators considered hundreds of bills during the session that ended June 3, and only a fraction made it through both chambers. (Some got revived in a budget implementation bill that passed during the June 29 special session.) We've designed this tool to help you see what happened to key legislation — what passed the House and Senate, what didn't make it up for a vote in one or both chambers, and what gets signed or vetoed by Gov. Dannel P. Malloy. Continue Reading →
A wide range of legislative priorities that failed to clear both chambers of the General Assembly before the June 3 end of the regular session won final approval early Tuesday as part of a massive budget implementation bill. The 686-page everything-but-the-kitchen-sink bill also includes several controversial new provisions. Here's what's in it. Continue Reading →
WASHINGTON — The U.S. Bureau of Indian Affairs has moved to make it easier for tribes across the nation to win federal recognition – while blocking several Connecticut tribes from doing so. That drew praise from Connecticut’s politicians. Continue Reading →
The Connecticut House and Senate voted in quick succession Monday to adopt two major criminal justice bills intended to increase police accountability, end racially disparate sentencing and lower incarceration rates for non-violent crimes. Continue Reading →
The General Assembly sent a revised biennial budget to Gov. Dannel P. Malloy early Tuesday, rolling back $178 million of the $1.5 billion worth of tax hikes built into the original plan. Continue Reading →
The University of Connecticut has been undergoing tremendous growth recently — partly evidenced by the $1.3 billion budget officials adopted last week. Here, in graphical form, is a historical overview of where the public university gets and spends its money, who it enrolls, and how many it employs. Continue Reading →
The legislature and Gov. Dannel P. Malloy would sacrifice pieces of their biggest initiatives – property tax reform and transportation, respectively – to help roll back about 10 percent of the tax hikes in the new state budget, sources from the House and Senate Democratic caucuses said Friday. Legislators return Monday for what they hope will be a one-day special session. Continue Reading →