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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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CT staring at another $1B deficit after next state election

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Since Gov. Dannel P. Malloy’s administration announced state income tax receipts were lagging due to weak stock market earnings, much of the Capitol’s focus has been on the relatively small hole it opened in the current budget. But the projected loss of $100 million in tax receipts this year also exacerbates a much bigger budget problem just down the road. Continue Reading →

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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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