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

Recent Posts

Malloy in talks with state unions to restructure payments owed pension fund

State budget director Benjamin Barnes answers questions from members of the state Spending Cap Commission.

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy’s administration is in negotiations with state employee unions — but only over how to restructure payments Connecticut owes to its cash-starved employee pension system, not any changes in benefits or employee contributions. Continue Reading →

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RBS pays CT a record $120M to settle mortgage underwriting case


One of the nation’s largest underwriters of mortgage-backed securities, Stamford-based RBS Securities Inc., has agreed to pay Connecticut $120 million — the single-largest settlement in state history — to resolve an investigation into its underwriting. While the deal could offer a boost to current state finances, it was unclear whether that boost would match the settlement amount. Continue Reading →

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CCM tries to increase fall campaigns’ focus on urban poverty

A derelict factory building in Bridgeport in August.

Connecticut’s urban centers are shackled by unemployment, homelessness and other poverty indicators that dwarf those of surrounding suburbs, the state’s chief municipal lobbying group wrote Monday in a bulletin to state legislative candidates. Continue Reading →

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