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House Democrats block GOP bid to require votes on labor deals

House Minority Leader Themis Klarides

In the first partisan fight of 2017, Democrats in the House of Representatives blocked a Republican proposal Wednesday that would have ended a longstanding practice of approving state employee contracts without a vote. Continue Reading →

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One study finds Connecticut a fine place to do business

The Hartford skyline

A new study issued this month by the Council on State Taxation concludes Connecticut actually is tied for the most favorable business climate — if one considers not just the cost of doing business, but the potential for earning big profits here. But it warns against interpreting that to mean that Connecticut is a low-tax environment overall. Continue Reading →

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Union concessions still key focal point in a time of hard tradeoffs

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

With Gov. Dannel P. Malloy’s proposal less than seven weeks away, his budget director warned that unless unions grant further concessions, avoiding major tax hikes likely would require significant cuts to municipal aid, social services, higher education — and more layoffs. Continue Reading →

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GOP: CT lawmakers must go on record on new pension deal

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

The fate of Gov. Dannel P. Malloy’s plan to restructure the state employee pension system — which would shift billions of dollars of costs onto future taxpayers — mustn’t be resolved without votes by the House and Senate, according to the top Republicans in both chambers. Continue Reading →

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Malloy, unions strike deal to stretch out spiking CT pension costs

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy

Updated at 3:50 p.m.
Gov. Dannel P. Malloy announced a deal Friday with state employee unions that would allow Connecticut to dodge a fiscal iceberg by holding down annual pension costs otherwise set to spike over the next 16 years. Continue Reading →

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State agencies offer more painful possibilities for budget cuts

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State agencies have offered the governor’s budget office options as it prepares a 2017-18 state budget proposal. Among those just made public: Some DMV offices could close. Housing subsidies for those with AIDS could be cut. And hundreds more state jobs could be eliminated by privatizing services for people with intellectual or developmental disabilities. Continue Reading →

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Debt costs, shrinking revenues taking big toll on next CT budget

Top from left, Senate Republican leader Len Fasano, House Republican leader Themis Klarides and Malloy administration budget director Benjamin Barnes

Surging debt costs and shrinking revenues alone will force state officials to cut $1.1 billion to $1.3 billion out of the next state budget to avoid tax hikes, according to separate analyses Tuesday from two fiscal agencies. But the two reports probably still don’t reflect the full cuts to discretionary programs that would be required to stave off tax hikes. Continue Reading →

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