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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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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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Auditors: State employed spills-response supervisor who couldn’t do the job

State auditors John Geragosian, left, and Robert Ward

State environmental protection officials employed for 15 months a hazardous spills-response supervisor who was “incapable of performing the duties” — wasting resources and potentially threatening public safety — State Auditors John C. Geragosian and Robert M. Ward reported Wednesday. Continue Reading →

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Lockheed puts big number on cost of business in Connecticut

Lockheed Martin vice president Lawrence Duncan III, left, talking to Republican Reps. Charles J. Ferraro of West Haven and Ben McGorty of Shelton.

Legislators say a senior Lockheed Martin official told them in private meetings Monday that $200 million in incentives the company wants for its Sikorsky Aircraft subsidiary are needed to help offset the $400 million more it would cost to produce CH-53K helicopters in Connecticut in coming years rather than in competing states. Continue Reading →

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Pelletier pressures Jepsen to accept unionization without vote

AFT's Jan Hochadel poses Friday with Comptroller Kevin P. Lembo at an AFL-CIO Labor Day event

HAMDEN — Lori J. Pelletier, the president of the Connecticut AFL- CIO, used a Labor Day unity meeting Friday to urge labor leaders to pressure Attorney General George Jepsen to drop his neutrality and embrace an effort by AFT-Connecticut to unionize 196 lawyers in his office. Continue Reading →

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