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Bye urges colleagues, Malloy to scale back town aid cuts

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The Senate chair of the General Assembly’s budget-writing panel challenged her colleagues and Gov. Dannel P. Malloy on Thursday to ease the municipal aid cuts they are seeking — or watch one budget be rejected after another. Sen. Beth Bye also fears many cities and towns already are making plans to increase property tax rates based on the state budgets proposed over the past week. Continue Reading →

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Behind The Numbers Podcast – Episode 6: Charter schools, state aid and UConn in a lean budget

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Connecticut Mirror budget reporter Keith M. Phaneuf and education reporter Jacqueline Rabe Thomas discuss the new $40.3 billion, two-year state budget legislators sent to Gov. Dannel P. Malloy, and its impact on every level of education from preschool to colleges and universities. Continue Reading →

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Visconti convinced he can find the waste in Connecticut’s budget

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Gubernatorial hopeful Joe Visconti concedes he doesn’t have a complete blueprint to close the state budget deficit. But the West Hartford Republican, who brings his budget books with him on the campaign trail, insists he will have one before his rivals do.
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Pelto: State budget deficit reveals a broken fiscal system


Former state Rep. Jonathan Pelto doesn’t have any trouble standing out from the rest of the 2014 gubernatorial candidates. For Pelto, a $1.4 billion shortfall – more than four years after the last recession ended – typifies a broken fiscal system that threatens Connecticut’s schools, state workers’ pensions, and middle class families. Continue Reading →

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Malloy pays price now for protecting municipalities in 2011

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy

When Gov. Dannel P. Malloy isn’t dismissing the $1.4 billion deficit awaiting state finances after the election, he’s reminding reporters it’s not even 40 percent of the mess he inherited four years ago. What gets less attention though, are the municipal aid and pension reforms Malloy also undertook with bipartisan support.
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Legislature adopts new CT budget built on risky assumptions

House MInority Leader Lawrence F. Cafero Jr. argues the new budget is filled with gimmicks.

The General Assembly adopted a $19 billion budget early Sunday that relies on about $200 million in fund sweeps and risky savings and revenues assumptions to stay in balance – including the last-minute discovery of $75 million in “miscellaneous” tax receipts. Continue Reading →

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