Monthly Archives: October 2015

Federal budget deal helps CT defense industry, state budget

A virginia-class attack submarine

Washington – One of Rep. John Boehner’s final acts as Speaker of the House this week was to negotiate a budget deal with the White House that will help Connecticut’s defense industry by boosting Pentagon spending and save the state government about $65 million in health care expenses for low-income residents and state retirees. Continue Reading →

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Train safety, gun checks, Medicare premiums among issues affecting Connecticut

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Congress delayed for years the deadline for implementing a train safety system and passed a two-year budget that will help Connecticut defense contractors and Medicare recipients. Connecticut students received a mixed report card from the U.S. Department of Education, and whether Pratt & Whitney won a big engine contract remained a military secret. Continue Reading →

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Malloy’s new pension fix is a big departure from his first try

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One year after taking office, Gov. Dannel P. Malloy vowed to accelerate payments into the state’s cash-starved pension fund, much as a family might make extra mortgage payments now to lessen balloon payments looming in future years. This week, the governor dramatically altered that strategy. Continue Reading →

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No resolution over SEEC’s authority in Malloy case

Judge Antonio C. Robaino

A Superior Court judge was disinclined Thursday to resolve whether federal law preempts state authorities from investigating if the Democratic Party illegally supported the re-election of Gov. Dannel P. Malloy with contributions from state contractors. The party wants him to halt the investigation with a ruling about jurisdiction. Continue Reading →

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With eye on ’16, GOP hits Malloy in municipal races

Malloy is featured in a campaign video for Republican Tim Herbst in Trumbull.

In mailings coordinated by the state Republican Party and in campaign materials independently crafted by GOP candidates, voters are being urged to express their disapproval at the polls next week of an unpopular Democrat not on any ballot, Gov. Dannel P. Malloy. Call it the soft opening of the 2016 campaign. Continue Reading →

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CT senators introduce bill to close ‘loophole’ in checks of gun buyers

Conecticut U.S. Sens. Chris Murphy, left, and RIchard Blumenthal discuss gun legislation introduced Wednesday.

WASHINGTON – Joined by several of their Democratic colleagues, Sens. Richard Blumenthal and Chris Murphy on Wednesday fulfilled a promise to introduce a bill aimed at closing a “loophole” in federal gun laws that allows a gun sale to proceed if an FBI background check is not completed in 72 hours. Continue Reading →

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Malloy calls for big change in pension financing, modest business tax cuts

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy

EAST HARTFORD — Gov. Dannel P. Malloy outlined Wednesday a sweeping plan to overhaul state government’s pension system, pushing some costs off for a decade and a half to control spiking costs that he argued could drive up taxes and drain vital programs. He also proposed modest cuts in business taxes and a cut of 500 state workers. Continue Reading →

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Pratt & Whitney could be big winner – or loser – in new bomber contract

WASHINGTON — Pratt & Whitney could be a big winner, or a big loser, in the Pentagon’s decision to award a multi-billion contract to Northrop Grumman to manufacture the nation’s next generation U.S. warplane , the Long-Range Strike Bomber. The Air Force says the identity of subcontractors on the plane must be kept secret for national security reasons. Continue Reading →

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Obamacare Q&A: Signups start next week

Illustration by Mike Licht,

Sunday marks the start of the third open enrollment period for health insurance under the federal health law. That means the nearly 170,000 Connecticut residents who buy their own health insurance will have a chance to shop for new plans — and many will need to take action to keep the coverage they have. Here’s what you need to know. Continue Reading →

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CT’s report card: Achievement gap shrinks but for wrong reason

A classroom at Hartford High School, Law and Government Academy

A national test shows the achievement gaps between minority students and their classmates in math and reading are shrinking, but it’s largely because higher-achieving students scored lower on this year’s test. Overall, however, Connecticut still has among the nation’s best scores. Continue Reading →

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Bipartisan budget talks place pressure on GOP to find solutions

Senate Minority Leader Len Fasano, at podium, and House Minority Leader Themis Klarides

The most vocal critics of Gov. Dannel P. Malloy’s handling of the state finances, Republican legislative leaders, will find things harder this month as they shift from commenting on the deficit-plagued budget to balancing it. Sen. Len Fasano and Rep. Themis Klarides will find it particularly difficult to both oppose tax hikes and shield hospitals and social services from cuts if the leaders try to stabilize finances long-term.
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