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Business leaders push to intensify control of state spending

Paul Timpanelli, president and CEO of the Bridgeport Regional Business Council, comments on the governor's proposed budget Tuesday. Behind him are Tony Sheridan, president of the Chamber of Commerce of Eastern Connecticut, left, and Larry McHugh, president of the Middlesex County Chamber of Commerce.

Connecticut’s business leaders had high praise Tuesday for the deep spending cuts and absence of tax hikes in Gov. Dannel P. Malloy’s new budget. But they also warned that without an even harder, bipartisan push to control spending, businesses will remain reluctant to grow — or to support the tolls and gasoline tax hikes recommended to finance transportation improvements. Continue Reading →

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Malloy: Speed DMV lines by shedding ‘collection agency’ role

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy speaks to the press in Wethersfield.

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy wants to help the beleaguered Department of Motor Vehicles by getting the agency out of the municipal debt collection business and by expanding transactions that can be done at private businesses like AAA offices. Continue Reading →

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Malloy’s vision for Connecticut shifts dramatically in new budget

Gov. Dannel Malloy delivering his 2016 budget address.

Had state government slashed its way out of a deficit five years ago, Gov. Dannel P. Malloy often has said, Connecticut’s quality of life would be unrecognizable. But the Democratic governor now is urging spending cuts over the next two years that key Democratic lawmakers argue could have an impact similar to cuts Republicans sought – and Malloy decried – in 2011. Continue Reading →

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Merrill pitches making voter registration ‘automatic’

Secretary of the State Denise Merrill, left, with Cheri Quickmire of Common Cause.

With about 30 percent of eligible voters unregistered, Secretary of the State Denise Merrill is asking the General Assembly to enable people to automatically register as Connecticut voters when they do business with the Department of Motor Vehicles. Residents who didn't opt out would be automatically be registered. Continue Reading →

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3 GOP challengers looking to oust Esty

5th D no overline

WASHINGTON-- Rep. Elizabeth Esty's latest Republican challengers may not have Andrew Roraback’s name recognition or Mark Greenberg’s wealth, but they are all determined to win the right to represent the 5th District in Congress and change the composition of Connecticut’s all-Democratic congressional delegation. They are Matt Maxwell of Sandy Hook, Clay Cope of Sherman and John Pistone of Brookfield. 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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Labor savings: The big unknown in Malloy’s new budget

Lori Pelletier, head of Connecticut AFL-CIO

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy's new plan to cut agency budgets almost 6 percent relies heavily on cutting labor costs. His critics say it can't be done by downsizing staffing alone, but also requires concessions. And labor union leaders decry both approaches. Continue Reading →

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