Monthly Archives: April 2016

Senate passes retirement security bill, but it might not be the final word

This is a picture of Sen. Ed Gomes

The Senate narrowly gave final passage Saturday to a controversial proposal that would require certain private-sector employers to automatically enroll workers in retirement savings plans overseen by a new quasi-public authority. But while the bill has passed both the House and Senate, it could still undergo changes. Continue Reading →

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CT budget talks remain gridlocked as pols jab via Twitter

House Speaker J. Brendan Sharkey's tweet on the final Saturday of the legislative session captured the mood between his caucus and the governor.

State budget talks continued to stall Saturday as Gov. Dannel P. Malloy’s administration and Democratic legislative leaders remained at odds over how to resolve a nearly $1 billion shortfall in the fiscal year that begins July 1. And though talks — which bogged down late Friday — remained in limbo, Democratic legislative leaders insisted they are ready to resume talks with the governor at any time.
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CT Senate passes bill to stabilize revenues in nuclear industry

Millstone nuclear power station in Waterford

A national campaign by the nuclear industry to stabilize profits in a volatile energy market scored a victory Friday night with the unanimous passage of bipartisan legislation changing the rules for procuring electricity in Connecticut, a state heavily reliant on nuclear power. Continue Reading →

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Advocates argue budget threatens CT’s right-to-know agency

Thomas A. Hennick

Both the state Freedom of Information Commission and the state’s leading right-to-know advocacy group warned Friday that a proposed 20 percent budget cut for the commission — and the possible transfer of its public information officer into Gov. Dannel P. Malloy’s office — could greatly weaken state government transparency. Continue Reading →

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Trump loyalty test for delegates may shut out many in CT GOP

Donald Trump

WASHINGTON — Donald Trump’s big win in Connecticut means he’ll take dozens of Connecticut delegates and alternates to the Republican National Convention in Cleveland to support his presidential bid, but some state GOP insiders won’t be in the mix, and others will be screened for their loyalty to a candidate they had not openly endorsed. Continue Reading →

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CT counts on future legal settlements to mitigate eroding income tax receipts

Budget director Benjamin Barnes visiting the Capitol press room to report on state revenue forecasts.

Despite rapidly eroding state income tax receipts, analysts for Gov. Dannel P. Malloy’s administration and the legislature are counting on payments from future legal settlements and other sources to mitigate much of the likely tax revenue loss next fiscal year. Continue Reading →

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As Congress balks, Puerto Rico on brink of financial meltdown

South view of the Puerto Rico Capitol in San Juan

WASHINGTON – As the hours tick down toward Puerto Rico’s default on a massive debt payment Sunday, Congress has so far rejected solutions offered by Connecticut lawmakers and some Republican leaders to save the commonwealth from economic ruin. Continue Reading →

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Blumenthal leads bipartisan Senate effort to reform VA

Blumenthal on VA bill

WASHINGTON — With continuing scandals at the nation’s veterans’ hospitals, Sen. Richard Blumenthal and a Republican colleague introduced a sweeping new bill Thursday aimed at protecting whistleblowers and speeding the firing of bad actors at the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. Continue Reading →

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