Monthly Archives: June 2015

Malloy signs, then promotes, newly tweaked budget

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy signs the budget. From left, House Speaker J. Brendan Sharkey, Senate President Pro Tem Martin M. Looney and Lt. Gov. Nancy Wyman.

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 →

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Bill checklist: Track what happened to key legislation


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 →

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Health, labor, environment bills revived in special session

Sen, Beth Bye, Appropriations Committee co-chair, in the Senate  chamber during Monday's special session

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 →

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U.S. denies CT tribes chance at federal recognition

Governor Dannell P. Malloy and U.S. Sens. Chris Murphy and Richard Blumenthal praise the new rule for federal recognition of Indian tribes Monday.

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 →

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Legislators approve ‘Second Chance,’ body camera bills

Rep. Angel Arce was one of many legislators who photographed the vote tally for An Act Concerning Excessive Use of Force."

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 →

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The state of UConn in 15 charts

UConn chart art

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 →

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Legislature to return Monday for concessions to business

From left, Senate Majority Leader Bob Duff and Senate President Pro Tem Martin Looney explain budget changes.

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 →

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Whistleblower suit: Disability pension system corrupt

State Comptroller Kevin P. Lembo

A state whistleblower and former attorney for Connecticut’s retirement systems has filed a lawsuit alleging corruption and malfeasance in the handling of millions of dollars in disability pension benefits. The lawsuit expands upon concerns raised last week by the state’s auditors and alleges that mishandling has put the state’s retirement systems at risk of losing federal tax law protection. Continue Reading →

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Why one independent hospital decided to explore going bigger

Lawrence + Memorial Hospital, New London

Every year, Lawrence + Memorial Hospital CEO Bruce Cummings has done what he calls a “back of the envelope” calculation about the merits of the New London hospital’s remaining independent or joining a larger system. “My thinking began to evolve last year as I looked out on the horizon and just saw just extraordinary changes,” he said. Continue Reading →

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