Martin M. Looney

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Looney says response to failing kidneys ‘very gratifying’

Senate President Pro Tem Martin M. Looney in New Haven on Tuesday.

NEW HAVEN — Senate President Pro Tem Martin M. Looney joined Gov. Dannel P. Malloy at a downtown press conference on economic-development policy Tuesday, a reminder he does not intend to curtail his schedule as he awaits a kidney transplant. He says he is weeks or months away from needing dialysis. Continue Reading →

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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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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


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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Sharkey, Malloy clash over UConn deal, hospital cuts

House Speaker Brendan Sharkey, foreground, and House Majority Leader Joe Aresimowicz.

House Speaker J. Brendan Sharkey, D-Hamden, and the administration of Gov. Dannel P. Malloy engaged in an extraordinary exchange of criticism Friday over two fiscal controversies, ratcheting up intra-party tensions over how to resolve a worsening budget shortfall. Continue Reading →

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Legislature considers furloughs; judiciary cancels raises

Senate Democratic Leaders Bob Duff and Martin Looney take questions from reporters at the state Capitol.

Underscoring the fiscal crisis facing Connecticut, the General Assembly is considering furloughs of legislative staff, a rollback of staff raises, and a rare rejection of a negotiated contract. Meanwhile, the Judicial Branch has canceled raises for non-union employees that were to take effect Friday. Continue Reading →

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Change to hospital regulation again looms – but direction unclear

Windham Hospital

As hospitals join larger systems and critics worry about access to care, a key legislator said the time is ripe for lawmakers to revisit the way the state regulates major changes in health care. But it’s not yet clear what shape such changes will take – or whether they would leave the state with more regulation or less, a sign of sharply differing views on its role. Continue Reading →

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Legislators advance in-state tuition, financial aid for undocumented students

Shayla Rivera

The state House of Representatives on Tuesday voted to expand the number of undocumented immigrants who qualify for much lower in-state tuition rates at Connecticut public colleges. Meanwhile, another bill that would make these students eligible to compete for a $140 million pool of financial aid was approved by the state Senate. Continue Reading →

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House votes to strip Gray of power to close campus

Rep. Roberta Willis, co-chair of the higher education committee.

In a clear show of displeasure with the leader of the state’s system of community colleges and regional state universities, the state House of Representatives voted 86 to 56 Tuesday to block the system from closing a campus without legislative approval. Continue Reading →

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Twenty years later, Connecticut has a new view of casinos

Kevin P. Brown, Mohegan tribal chairman. At right is Cystal Whipple of Mashantucket Pequots and Sens. Bob Duff and Martin Looney.

Questions about morality and the societal impact of expanded gambling are fading, if not gone. Competition in surrounding states, notably a planned MGM casino-resort in Springfield, has distilled the issue of a new casino in Connecticut to one overriding concern: Keeping jobs. Continue Reading →

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About face: Legislators push ban on variable electric rates

Dan Allegretti of Constellation Energy, at right, testifying before the Energy and Technology Committee.

A new push to ban variable electric rates is a tacit admission by key legislators that a 2014 consumer protection law was insufficient to protect customers against bait-and-switch marketing by some of the electric retailers who compete with United Illuminating and Connecticut Light & Power, now known as Eversource Energy. Continue Reading →

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