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A lot at stake for Connecticut as Trump, GOP eye Medicaid changes

President-elect Donald J. Trump

Medicaid is Connecticut’s largest source of federal funding and the largest single line item in the state budget. It covers close to one in five state residents – more than 750,000 poor children, adults and people with disabilities. A major change in federal Medicaid funding is a big worry for the state’s budget director. Continue Reading →

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Q&A: Wyman talks budget, her role in the legislative discussion

Lt. Gov. Nancy Wyman in her office.

Democratic Lt. Gov. Nancy Wyman may not have been elected in one of 36 districts of the Connecticut Senate, but she will effectively be the 37th state senator in the next legislative session. The Mirror sat down with Wyman to talk about her role. Continue Reading →

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For dyslexia, politics takes the day off in Hartford

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy with Sen. Cathy Osten, back to camera, and Allison Quirion, the founder of the Connecticut chapter of the advocacy group, Decoding Dyslexia.

The softer side of Connecticut politics was on display Monday in Hartford as Sen. Cathy Osten, D-Sprague, called Senate Minority Leader Len Fasano, R-North Haven, an ally and friend, and Fasano praised Democratic Gov. Dannel P. Malloy as a role model. Their common ground was bipartisan efforts to address learning dyslexia. Continue Reading →

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A Republican asks: What is party loyalty in the time of Trump?

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The backlash experienced by a Republican councilman after endorsing Hillary Clinton illustrates why some GOP candidates might distance themselves from Donald J. Trump, but only a handful have crossed that very bright line to say the Democratic nominee would be preferable as president. Continue Reading →

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Stakes grow in Malloy’s third challenge of watchdogs’ autonomy

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy and Attorney General George Jepsen.

The latest challenge to the fiscal autonomy of state’s watchdog agencies by the administration of Gov. Dannel P. Malloy is raising unprecedented legal questions likely to eventually require Attorney General George Jepsen and Comptroller Kevin P. Lembo to publicly contradict or confirm the administration’s position. Continue Reading →

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

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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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Malloy zings GOP on bail reform, gets counter from Fasano

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy and Scott X. Esdaile of the NAACP.

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy and the Connecticut leader of the NAACP pushed back Monday at Republican opposition to Malloy’s proposed bail reforms, casting them as an overdue blow for racial and economic equality. One GOP leader said Malloy was playing the race card, while another made a counter offer. Continue Reading →

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Senate postpones vote on Malloy’s ‘Second Chance 2.0’

The governor's chief of staff, Brian Durand, heads to his office for bad news from the Senate.

The Senate postponed a plan to adopt Gov. Dannel P. Malloy’s signature proposal to reform the bail and juvenile-justice systems after a tense day of negotiations Thursday over revisions aimed at bolstering Democratic support and blunting Republican opposition in an election year. The House now will make the first attempt at passing the bill. Continue Reading →

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

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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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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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