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Average cost of child care in CT as much as in-state tuition

School for young child in West Hartford

WASHINGTON — Child care in Connecticut is of good quality and widely available, but it can easily cost more than in-state college tuition. A report released this week by Washington, D.C., think tank New America, determined the average cost of in-home, or “nanny care” in Connecticut was $31,162 a year and the average cost of a day care center was $11,456 per child per year. Continue Reading →

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Early Childhood Commissioner Myra Jones-Taylor to step down

Myra Jones-Taylor testifies before the senate HELP Committee

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy announced Friday that Myra Jones-Taylor, commissioner of the state Office of Early Childhood, will step down from her position effective Sept. 1. She is leaving to pursue “new professional opportunities,” the governor’s office said. 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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State official says federal policy changes cut 6,100 from subsidized day care

Connecticut Early Childhood Commissioner Myra Jones-Taylor testifies before Congress Wednesday.

WASHINGTON — The move to improve a child care subsidy program that helps low-and-moderate income families has also made it more expensive and forced Connecticut to cut 6,100 children from the rolls, a state official told a Senate panel Wednesday. Continue Reading →

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House sends lean, overdue CT budget to Malloy’s desk

House Speaker J. Brendan  Sharkey hugs Rep. Toni Walker, co-chair of the Appropriations Committee, after final passage of the state budget in the House.

Updated at 11:08 p.m.
The Democrat-controlled House voted 74-70 to adopt a $19.76 billion budget that closes a nearly $1 billion hole in the 2016-17 fiscal year without raising taxes or tapping Connecticut’s modest emergency reserve. Eight Democrats joined with all 62 Republicans present to oppose the measure. Continue Reading →

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Measure strips $1B in bonded projects off of CT’s credit card

Gampel Pavilion at UConn

The Senate voted late Thursday rebalance Connecticut’s credit card in the face of shrinking tax revenues, canceling or delaying about $1 billion in financing for a wide array of projects and programs, and to authorize $380 for municipal school construction, down significantly from recent years. 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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Budget plan offers painful cuts but remains out of balance

Sen. Beth Bye of West Hartford and Toni Walker of New Haven, co-chairs of the legislature's Appropriations Committee, discuss the committee's budget proposal with reporters.

Updated at 5:18 p.m.
The legislature’s Appropriations Committee adopted a new $19.9 billion budget plan Wednesday, that Democratic leaders insisted restores fairness to a fiscal system that has cut too heavily from social services, health care and education – even though the overall plan is out of balance. Republicans pronounced it a failure. Continue Reading →

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Malloy orders more cuts as lawmakers vow to close deficit by April 1

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy speaks to reporters as advocates argue to shield hospitals from budget cuts.

While legislators committed Wednesday to close a $220 million hole in state finances by March 31, Gov. Dannel P. Malloy ordered $79 million in emergency cuts, two-thirds of which hit social service agencies and education. Continue Reading →

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GOP offers cuts, furloughs to close deficit, restore hospital funds

Senate Minority Leader Len Fasano and House Minority Leader Themis Klarides presenting proposed budget cuts.

Updated at 5 p.m.
House and Senate Republicans would furlough all state workers for two days, reduce legislators’ pay, eliminate posts in Gov. Dannel P. Malloy’s administration and reduce spending for education, social services and other programs to balance state finances by June 30. Continue Reading →

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Malloy: Increase charter school, cut neighborhood school funding

Jumoke Academy charter school students work on an assignment while Gov. Dannel P. Malloy and Lt. Gov. Nancy Wyman watch in the back.

Charter schools have escaped Gov. Dannel P. Malloy’s budget axe and are slated for a $9.3 million boost in his proposed state budget. But the Democratic governor wants a $52.9 million cut on funding for special education, after-school programs, reading tutors and other services in low-performing public schools across the state. Continue Reading →

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