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Blumenthal, Murphy up for big promotions if Dems take over Senate

Connecticut U.S. Sens. Christopher Murphy, right, and Richard Blumenthal

WASHINGTON — If Democrats reach their goal of retaking control of the U.S. Senate in November’s elections, Connecticut’s senators have much to gain. Sen. Richard Blumenthal, if re-elected, and fellow Democratic Sen. Chris Murphy will zoom up in seniority much faster than their predecessors. Continue Reading →

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CT Zika-fighting efforts could feel pinch if Congress doesn’t act

The Asian tiger mosquito

WASHINGTON — Connecticut has received nearly $1 million this week from the federal government to combat the Zika virus – enough for now, state officials say, but not if the crisis worsens. Meanwhile, the blame game continues in Washington over who is responsible for holding up more than $1 billion that could bolster states’ efforts to fight the disease. Continue Reading →

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Struggle to balance current budget could help with future deficits

Sen. Beth Bye, D-West Hartford

While legislators and Gov. Dannel P. Malloy scramble to close yet another hole in the current state budget, the exercise could help them solve a much larger problem. Depending on how they solve this fiscal year’s $220 million deficit — a task lawmakers have pledged to complete Tuesday — the $900 million hole built into 2016-17 finances could be whittled down by nearly one-quarter.
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UConn contract seems iffy as Appropriations vote nears

University of Connecticut's main campus in Storrs

On the eve of a critical legislative committee vote, some members of the Democratic majority were still undecided on whether to approve a five-year salary contract for 1,900 University of Connecticut employees. Continue Reading →

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In suburban schools, student poverty growing faster than education aid

A preschool classroom at Whiting Lane Elementary School in West Hartford

The number of low-income, high-need students attending school in the suburbs is rising, putting new strains on local budgets. That’s why their municipal leaders are pressing the legislature to adjust the state’s system of aid to local schools. Continue Reading →

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Budget panel would blow by spending cap to restore social service, education funds

Sen. Beth Bye and Rep. Toni Walker, co-chairs of the legislature's Appropriations Committee, presenting their budget proposal in April.

The legislature’s budget-writing panel recommended adding $514 million in spending to Gov. Dannel P. Malloy’s plan — and embraced a radical new interpretation of the constitutional spending cap — primarily to bolster human services and education. Continue Reading →

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Is it a gag order or the Malloy administration speaking with one voice?

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy's budget chief, Benjamin Barnes, addresses the Finance Committee

Key legislators say a directive from budget director Benjamin Barnes restricting what agency heads can tell legislators about Gov. Dannel P. Malloy’s budget proposal is hindering lawmakers in doing their jobs and will push more of the budget-writing process behind closed doors. Barnes says the administration simply works together “as one administration, with all our commissioners and agency heads.” Continue Reading →

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Op-Ed: Schools’ alarmed cries for help should echo across Connecticut

With 40,000 students attending chronically low-performing schools, many thousands of families on wait lists for schools of choice, and the largest-in-the-nation achievement gap, Connecticut leaders must expand and sustain schools that are delivering results for students, especially children in poverty and children of color. Continue Reading →

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Op-Ed: At budget hearing, CSCU students don’t rate a place in the room

Connecticut state legislators should not forget about the students of the Connecticut State College and University system when apportioning state support. They have no $86 million dollar reserves to tap into — or $1.8 billion dollar state-funded initiatives to leverage. Continue Reading →

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Murphy breaks Senate tradition with high-profile stands

Murphy  delivering a speech on the Senate floor.

WASHINGTON – With his fight for gun control, defense of the Affordable Care Act and clashes with President Obama on foreign policy, Sen. Chris Murphy broke with a Senate tradition that freshmen should be seen and not heard. “I don’t think there’s a waiting period anymore for freshmen,” he said. “My constituents did not elect me to be a shrinking violet.” (This is the seventh and final story in a series about the roles each member of the Connecticut congressional delegation played in the 113th Congress.) Continue Reading →

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Lawmakers concerned over CSCU administrative costs

CSCU President Gregory Gray

Top state legislators are concerned about how much officials of the state’s largest public college system are spending on administrative costs. (Photo: CSCU President Gregory Gray answers legislators’ questions.) Continue Reading →

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