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GOP: Seek big labor savings to reduce Malloy’s painful cuts

Senate Minority Leader Len Fasano, at podium, and House Minority Leader Themis Klarides present Republican budget proposals Friday.

The legislature’s Republican minority argued Friday that Connecticut could avoid most of the painful tax hikes and social service cuts in Gov. Dannel P. Malloy’s budget — and offer modest tax relief — by dramatically scaling back labor costs over the next two fiscal years. Continue Reading →

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Battle lines drawn in Connecticut over Pacific trade deal

U.S. Rep. Rosa DeLauro, D-3rd District

WASHINGTON – The battle lines drawn over a proposed U.S. trade pact with 11 Pacific Rim nations are running straight through Connecticut, which has emerged as the home of some of the proposed agreement’s most ardent supporters and bitter foes. Continue Reading →

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A Connecticut prison is rededicated to sending men home

Andrew Phillips

Serafettin Senel and Andrew Phillips are inmates at the Willard-Cybulski prison complex, one of Connecticut’s expensive monuments to the mistakes of men. Like 90 percent of everyone sentenced to prison, they eventually will go home. On Tuesday, they became symbols of a new effort to prepare them for that day. Continue Reading →

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Obama administration moving new tribal recognition rules

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WASHINGTON – The Obama administration is on the brink of making new federal tribal recognition rules – a move that could be a boon to several Connecticut tribes. Opponents, however, fearful of the ramifications of the new rules on casino operations and land claims, are making 11th-hour attempts to stop or slow the process. Continue Reading →

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Malloy’s fitful search for a ‘new normal’ on budgets

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy inspecting the I-84 viaduct in Hartford, which he says needs replacement at a cost of billions.

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy talks about his push for a “Second Chance Society” for ex-offenders and his intention to somehow coax the General Assembly into putting the state on a path to spend $100 billion on transportation over 30 years. But the reality of governing in the first months of his second term is less about big ideas than the prospect of a protracted and painful conversation with a restive General Assembly about what kind of government Connecticut can afford. Continue Reading →

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CT spending cap is unique and, some critics say, among the toughest

Like about half of the states in the nation, Connecticut has imposed a cap on the amount of money the state government can spend. But each state has approached the problem of controlling the spending habits of its governors and legislature differently, and Connecticut’s spending cap is unique in a number of ways. Continue Reading →

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Esty raised most campaign cash this year, but Himes has biggest war chest

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WASHINGTON — While it seems they ended their last campaigns just a short while ago, the members of Connecticut's House delegation have begun raising money for their re-election efforts. Rep. Elizabeth Esty brought in the most money during the first quarter of 2015, but Rep. Jim Himes had the most cash on hand. Continue Reading →

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CT municipalities fear they may finally take a budget hit

Senate President Pro Tem Martin M. Looney

After being spared the state budget axe again and again since the Great Recession, leaders of Connecticut’s cities and towns are fearful their perfect track record may be at risk. Though they suffer no major cuts in Gov. Dannel P. Malloy’s proposed new budget, municipal leaders see legislators – who are scrambling to plug other holes in the governor’s plan – eyeing the $3.2 billion municipal aid package hungrily. Continue Reading →

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Murphy bill would create tax break for ‘angel’ investors

Chris Murphy

WASHINGTON – Sen. Chris Murphy would give “angel” investors a new federal tax break and is also co-sponsoring another bill introduced Thursday that would erase a barrier between those investors and start-up companies that need their money. Continue Reading →

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Attorney General to legislators: Casino expansion poses legal risks

A craps table in the Casino of the Earth at Mohegan Sun.

Attorney General George Jepsen warned top legislators Wednesday that legislation giving the Mashantucket Pequots and Mohegans exclusive rights to a new casino was itself a gamble, potentially endangering the current profit-sharing deal with the tribes and exposing the state to claims of illegal favoritism. Continue Reading →

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