House Minority Leader Themis Klarides

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Legislative leaders call UConn ‘tone deaf’ over raises for top staff

UConn's Storrs campus

Legislative leaders Thursday blasted hefty pay increases University of Connecticut President Susan Herbst awarded to four senior staff members as the state and public university grapple with big budget cuts. Continue Reading →

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Bipartisan budget talks place pressure on GOP to find solutions

Senate Minority Leader Len Fasano, at podium, and House Minority Leader Themis Klarides

The most vocal critics of Gov. Dannel P. Malloy’s handling of the state finances, Republican legislative leaders, will find things harder this month as they shift from commenting on the deficit-plagued budget to balancing it. Sen. Len Fasano and Rep. Themis Klarides will find it particularly difficult to both oppose tax hikes and shield hospitals and social services from cuts if the leaders try to stabilize finances long-term.
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GOP calls for bipartisan talks, labor concessions, to reverse hospital cuts

House Minority Leader Themis Klarides and Senate Minority Leader Len Fasano criticize Gov. Dannel P. Malloy's budget cuts. At right is Connecticut Hospital Association CEO Jennifer Jackson.

Minority Republicans in the state legislature called Tuesday for bipartisan negotiations to reverse last week’s $190 million cut to hospitals. And House Minority Leader Themis Klarides, R-Derby, also called for Gov. Dannel P. Malloy to approach state employee unions for concessions. Continue Reading →

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GOP says Lembo ignored deficit to shield Malloy

Fasano Lembo dual

Connecticut’s budget debate boiled over late Tuesday as the legislature’s top Republicans charged that Comptroller Kevin P. Lembo’s political affiliation has trumped his fiscal integrity. Sen. Len Fasano and Rep. Themis Klarides accused Connecticut’s chief fiscal watchdog of ignoring red ink to help Gov. Dannel P. Malloy – a fellow Democrat – save face. Continue Reading →

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