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As DEEP cuts budget and park hours, it gets a surprising new role

The Old State House in Hartford

The state Department of Energy and Environmental Protection announced cutbacks Friday at state beaches, parks and campgrounds. Left out of the announcement was a significant wrinkle: As the department struggles to manage its various assets with less money, it is being handed a significant new responsibility – managing the Old State House in Hartford. Continue Reading →

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State troopers to remain outside urban courthouses another week

Bridgeport courthouse, Golden Hill Street

As most state Judicial Branch layoffs took effect Thursday — including elimination of 101 marshal posts — the branch announced state police troopers would be retained for a second week to patrol outside of courthouses in four major cities. Continue Reading →

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CT court officials say deep budget cuts left them few options

Two judicial marshals outside Superior Court in Hartford Thursday.

As Connecticut’s Judicial Branch moves ahead this week and next with a major reorganization driven by deep budget cuts, its leaders warn even they aren’t entirely certain what the full impact will be, though they agree with the court marshals union that security is being stretched to a highly questionable degree. Continue Reading →

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Judicial Branch to close Windham courthouse, 3 juvenile courts

The Windham Judicial District courthouse on Valley Street in Willimantic

The Judicial Branch announced Tuesday it would close the Windham courthouse, juvenile courts in Danbury, Stamford and Torrington, and two urban lock-up facilities as part of a larger reorganization to deal with a $77 million budget cut in the fiscal year beginning July 1. Continue Reading →

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Malloy’s line-item budget vetoes stand as House, Senate split

House Speaker J. Brendan Sharkey briefs reporters as his caucus members stand by.

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy's line-item vetoes of $22 million in spending, primarily from undisclosed municipal aid accounts, will stand as the House and Senate disagreed Monday on whether to attempt overrides. The House was willing, the Senate was not. Continue Reading →

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Malloy vetoes tax breaks passed on final night of session

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy assesses the state if budget negotiations for reporters Friday night.

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy vetoed two bills Thursday, siding with municipalities on one that would have allowed 100-percent property tax breaks in perpetuity for non-profit and for-profit arts entities. The other would have enhanced legislative oversight over economic-development incentives, and Comptroller Kevin P. Lembo called that veto "deeply troubling." Continue Reading →

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Mirror/AARP Google Hangout on choosing an electric supplier

Hangout Screen Shot

Join us for our third Google Hangout as we have a conversation about state laws intended to help people weigh the risks and benefits of choosing a third-party electric supplier versus staying with the standard offer provided by your local utility, Eversource or United Illuminating. Shop carefully. Some retailers are offering rates cheaper than the standard offer, but they charge enrollment fees that can quickly exceed the modest savings. Continue Reading →

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