Monthly Archives: May 2015

White smoke on budget deal might require cigarette tax hike

Rep. Toni Walker talks to Mark Ojakian, the governor's chief of staff, on the way into recent budget talks.

Still needing a relatively small amount of revenue — tens of millions of dollars in a two-year budget of more than $40 billion — negotiators have struggled to find the right sources that will yield dollars without costing votes. A possible source under consideration is an old favorite, taxes on cigarettes. Continue Reading →

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House OKs stronger FOI access to arrest records

Connecticut Supreme Court.

The House of Representatives unanimously voted Friday for legislation that would declare arrest reports to be public documents under the Freedom of Information Act, reversing a major element of a Connecticut Supreme Court decision. Continue Reading →

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Could Malloy’s push to fund charter schools jeopardize budget approval?

Sanchez, Santiago, Vargas

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy’s insistence on increasing funding for charter schools has more than a dozen Democratic legislators questioning whether they can support the next state budget if it means their neighborhood public schools are flat-funded or cut. Continue Reading →

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Legislators, Malloy hovering on brink of a state budget deal


Sources say legislative leaders and Gov. Dannel P. Malloy’s administration are creeping up on a tentative agreement on a new two-year budget. Few details have leaked, but the sources said spending will be less than the legislature’s Appropriations Committee has recommended, and the latest talks have centered on the taxes that will be required to balance the budget. Continue Reading →

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