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Temporary reprieve for Old State House amid squabbling

The Old State House in Hartford.

Updated at 6 p.m.
It looks like the Old State House won’t be stripped of its artifacts after all, but the Hartford landmark remains closed to the public while legislators and Gov. Dannel P. Malloy reconsider a budget provision that slashed funding and gave the building to a reluctant new landlord, the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection. Speaker J. Brendan Sharkey says the administration’s opposition seems “petulant.” Continue Reading →

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As DEEP cuts budget and park hours, it gets a surprising new role

The Old State House in Hartford

The state Department of Energy and Environmental Protection announced cutbacks Friday at state beaches, parks and campgrounds. Left out of the announcement was a significant wrinkle: As the department struggles to manage its various assets with less money, it is being handed a significant new responsibility – managing the Old State House in Hartford. Continue Reading →

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Malloy’s line-item budget vetoes stand as House, Senate split

House Speaker J. Brendan Sharkey briefs reporters as his caucus members stand by.

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy’s line-item vetoes of $22 million in spending, primarily from undisclosed municipal aid accounts, will stand as the House and Senate disagreed Monday on whether to attempt overrides. The House was willing, the Senate was not. Continue Reading →

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Malloy signs CT budget but trims town aid to offset prison costs

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy showed legislators Thursday there was a fiscal price to be paid for rejecting his anti-recidivism proposals. The governor signed the legislature’s $19.76 billion budget for 2016-17 into law, but only after using the rarely employed line-item veto to cancel more than $22 million earmarked for municipalities, health clinics and the Connecticut Humanities Council. Continue Reading →

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New rule: Curbing state spending or masking looming deficits?

Malloy before JJPOC

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy insists recently adopted legislation that restricts how nonpartisan staff report future budget trends — including deficits — will help ensure state spending doesn’t increase “on autopilot.” But the measure places no restrictions on what the legislature can propose or adopt, nor will it prevent legislators from obtaining the material nonpartisan analysts will not be able to publish in one high-profile report. Continue Reading →

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New CT budget contributes to credit downgrades from Wall Street


The new state budget’s ability to mitigate longstanding fiscal problems got poor marks Thursday on Wall Street as two of the four major rating agencies downgraded Connecticut’s credit ranking — probably boosting borrowing costs in the future. Continue Reading →

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House sends lean, overdue CT budget to Malloy’s desk

House Speaker J. Brendan  Sharkey hugs Rep. Toni Walker, co-chair of the Appropriations Committee, after final passage of the state budget in the House.

Updated at 11:08 p.m.
The Democrat-controlled House voted 74-70 to adopt a $19.76 billion budget that closes a nearly $1 billion hole in the 2016-17 fiscal year without raising taxes or tapping Connecticut’s modest emergency reserve. Eight Democrats joined with all 62 Republicans present to oppose the measure. Continue Reading →

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A handshake, then a vote on Connecticut’s next budget

Budget chief Ben Barnes, right, shakes hands with the Senate leader, Martin Looney as debate begins. At Watching is Looney's top aide, Vinnie Mauro.

Updated at 11:10 p.m.
The Senate adopted a $19.76 billion budget Thursday that would eliminate a nearly $1 billion deficit and significantly reduce larger shortfalls after the November state elections. Continue Reading →

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Looney says budget deal, ‘Second Chance’ are on for Thursday


The leader of the Connecticut Senate said Wednesday night he has the votes to pass Gov. Dannel P. Malloy’s criminal justice reforms and last week’s budget deal when the Senate returns Thursday in special session. The House of Representatives has yet to schedule a vote. Continue Reading →

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Nonpartisan analysts: Tentative CT budget wipes away lots of red ink


The tentative plan to close a $1 billion hole in Connecticut’s finances starting July 1 also would wipe away more than 40 percent of the red ink threatening state government after the November elections, nonpartisan fiscal analysts reported Tuesday evening. Continue Reading →

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CT budget details trickle out as partisan debate heats up

Senate President Pro Tem Martin M. Looney, left, and Republican Leader Len Fasano are at odds over a budget vote Thursday. The photo is from last week.

While Democratic legislative leaders released one key document tied to a tentative state budget deal, others remained under wraps. And Democratic leadership in the Senate, where a budget debate tentatively is expected to begin on Thursday, rebuffed a Republican call to delay any debate until all budget-related documents were available for public review. Continue Reading →

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