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On Black Friday, Blumenthal shops for media

U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal standing with pictures of Clinton Crossing.

On a day when every newscast was certain to report on Black Friday shopping, U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal attracted every network affiliate to a news conference with a bit of media catnip -- a fresh gloss on an old warning to consumers about the sales and advertising practices at outlet malls. Continue Reading →

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Is Malloy poised to put much of the budget deficit on CT’s credit card?

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Though Gov. Dannel P. Malloy insists spending cuts will be used to close this year’s $100 million budget deficit, GOP lawmakers say the Democratic governor is poised to use a rarely publicized bonding tool to effectively close much of the shortfall with borrowing. Continue Reading →

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Malloy may run afoul of his pledges whether taxing or cutting

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Governor Dannel P. Malloy faces plenty of critics who argue he can’t balance the next state budget without breaking his campaign pledge not to raise taxes. But Malloy will be equally hard pressed to close next year’s $1.3 billion-to-$1.4 billion deficit with spending cuts, given the many pledges and fiscal principles he has espoused since taking office four years ago.
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Administration removes Yelmini as labor-relations chief

The administration of Gov. Dannel P. Malloy abruptly notified Linda J. Yelmini, the state’s longtime director of labor relations, that she is being laid off, leaving surprised union leaders to wonder what the move signals in Malloy’s approach to labor. Continue Reading →

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Legislators delve into deficit, including its sudden appearance

The legislature’s two budget-writing panels grilled Gov. Dannel P. Malloy’s fiscal staff Friday about the new state deficit – and the administration’s latest cuts to reduce it. Republican legislators focused, as expected, on why the $99 million shortfall Malloy reported last week wasn’t acknowledged before Election Day. Continue Reading →

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