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Down to the wire on chances for a regular-session CT budget

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

Updated at 10:30 p.m.
Chances of a state budget deal before the legislative session ends Wednesday could hinge on whether negotiations – sparked by Gov. Dannel P. Malloy's new budget proposal – bear fruit overnight Monday into Tuesday. Continue Reading →

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Legislators send Malloy an invitation and a proposed fiscal plan

House Speaker J. Brendan Sharkey and Senate President Pro Tem Martin Looney discuss the Democrats' budget proposal.

A week after suspending budget talks with the administration, the Democratic leaders of the General Assembly offered an olive branch and a proposal for a new fiscal plan Thursday to Gov. Dannel P. Malloy. Continue Reading →

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CT’s maxed-out credit card takes its toll on many projects

Gampel Pavilion at UConn

The General Assembly is expected to vote before it adjourns May 4 on a plan that would cancel more than $1.1 billion in financing earmarked for an enormous array of purposes in both the public and private sectors, including renovating the leaking, flaking dome of UConn's Gampel Pavilion. Continue Reading →

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UConn’s research growth subverted by huge pension costs

Professors Bruce Mayer, left, and Kazuya Machida in Mayer's lab

Years of state failure to save adequately for future retirement benefits has been compounded by recent decisions allowing an increased number of college employees to enroll in the state's expensive pension plans. The combination has made it harder to afford enough research faculty and keep the cost of research at UConn competitive. This is the second story in a three-part series. Continue Reading →

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Magnet schools caught in squeeze over tuition, funding

A science classroom at a New Haven magnet middle school (File photo.)

The state House of Representatives voted unanimously Monday to halt New Haven's plan to begin charging nearby communities tuition for the 2,875 suburban students attending the magnet schools it operates. That and other factors are coalescing to put magnet schools in a funding squeeze. Continue Reading →

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GOP budget plan: Slash agency budgets, cut bonding drastically

Senate Minority Leader Len Fasano and House Minority Leader Themis Klarides, surrounded by GOP legislators, explain details of the party's proposed budget

Leaders insist their blueprint would close massive future deficits without tax hikes. To do that, though, the GOP minorities in the House and Senate would dilute the two big initiatives Gov. Dannel P. Malloy and the Democratic majority launched last June: a 30-year investment in transportation and a plan to share sales tax receipts with cities and towns. Continue Reading →

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UConn Health weighing down university’s research ranking

A new research lab at the UConn Health center in Farmington

Despite big infusions of funding, UConn's overall ability to attract outside research grants has grown at a snail’s pace over the last 10 years, and its national ranking for research has actually fallen. The results have been very different, however, at the main campus in Storrs, where research activity has risen, and at the Health Center in Farmington, where it has dropped. This is the first story in a three-part series. Continue Reading →

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CT’s Senate’s only Hispanic would have voted ‘no’ on aid to undocumented students

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The state Senate's only Hispanic member missed a vote Wedensday night on a bill that would make undocumented students eligible for a pool of college financial aid money. The bill passed 21-13 and was sent to the House, but Sen. Art Linares now says he would have voted against it. Continue Reading →

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