Keith M. Phaneuf

Keith, with Jacqueline Rabe Thomas, won first prize in investigative reporting from the Education Writers Association in 2012 for a series of stories on the Board of Regents for Higher Education. The former State Capitol bureau chief for The Journal Inquirer of Manchester, Keith has spent most of 24 years as a reporter specializing in state government finances, analyzing such topics as income tax equity, waste in government and the complex funding systems behind Connecticut's transportation and social services networks. A former contributing writer to The New York Times, Keith is a graduate of and a former journalism instructor at the University of Connecticut. E-mail him at kphaneuf@ctmirror.org.

Recent Posts

Towns wary of local spending cap as state begins revenue sharing

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Enjoying their first infusion of state sales tax receipts — albeit not as much as promised — Connecticut’s cities and towns remain wary of a revenue-sharing program that comes with a controversial spending cap. Continue Reading →

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Malloy releases funds withheld from CT watchdog agencies

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

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy’s administration relented Friday in its controversial battle to cut the budgets of state government’s autonomous watchdogs — as it has other agencies' budgets — to help balance Connecticut’s finances. Continue Reading →

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Pew report: Half the states trying to promote retirement savings

The Pew Charitable Trust's survey of state legislation filed between 2012 and April 2016. Connecticut's bill creating a state-administered retirement program for private-sector workers was signed into law in May.

Connecticut is not alone in developing new options to assist private-sector workers who lack a retirement plan, according to a recent report from the Pew Charitable Trusts. At least 24 other states have introduced legislation, studied state-sponsored retirement savings programs, or enacted programs to reduce poverty among retirees. Continue Reading →

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Old State House will lose historical memorabilia — for now

The Old State House in Hartford

Connecticut’s Old State House in Hartford, recently closed to the public because of budget cuts, will soon lose the paintings, antiques and other historic memorabilia it has housed for years — for the same reason. Continue Reading →

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Analysis: CT bond premiums grow debt by $550M since 2011

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State government added more than $550 million to its enormous debt burden over the past five years through its controversial practice of using borrowed funds effectively to support operating costs. An analysis prepared by Treasurer Denise L. Nappier’s office also noted, however, that the interest costs on these bond premiums are more manageable than some critics realize. Continue Reading →

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26 CT agencies say no more layoffs — for now

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The leaders of 26 Executive Branch agencies have informed Gov. Dannel P. Malloy's budget office of significant cuts they will be making to meet major savings targets in the new state budget. They also have said that no state employees need to be laid off beyond those already announced. Continue Reading →

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U.S. attorney opens probe of Malloy’s 2014 campaign fundraising

One of the mailers that kicked off an investigation into Democratic Party fund-raising for the 2014 election.

A federal grand jury with the power to subpoena documents and compel testimony is trying to do what state elections regulators could not: Resolve whether the Democratic Party and Gov. Dannel P. Malloy broke the law in raising money for his narrow re-election in 2014. Continue Reading →

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