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Malloy signs CT budget but trims town aid to offset prison costs

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy showed legislators Thursday there was a fiscal price to be paid for rejecting his anti-recidivism proposals. The governor signed the legislature’s $19.76 billion budget for 2016-17 into law, but only after using the rarely employed line-item veto to cancel more than $22 million earmarked for municipalities, health clinics and the Connecticut Humanities Council. Continue Reading →

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Nonpartisan analysts: Tentative CT budget wipes away lots of red ink


The tentative plan to close a $1 billion hole in Connecticut’s finances starting July 1 also would wipe away more than 40 percent of the red ink threatening state government after the November elections, nonpartisan fiscal analysts reported Tuesday evening. Continue Reading →

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Down to the wire on chances for a regular-session CT budget

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy assesses the state if budget negotiations for reporters Friday night.

Updated at 10:30 p.m.
Chances of a state budget deal before the legislative session ends Wednesday could hinge on whether negotiations – sparked by Gov. Dannel P. Malloy’s new budget proposal – bear fruit overnight Monday into Tuesday. Continue Reading →

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Legislators send Malloy an invitation and a proposed fiscal plan

House Speaker J. Brendan Sharkey and Senate President Pro Tem Martin Looney discuss the Democrats' budget proposal.

A week after suspending budget talks with the administration, the Democratic leaders of the General Assembly offered an olive branch and a proposal for a new fiscal plan Thursday to Gov. Dannel P. Malloy. Continue Reading →

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GOP budget plan: Slash agency budgets, cut bonding drastically

Senate Minority Leader Len Fasano and House Minority Leader Themis Klarides, surrounded by GOP legislators, explain details of the party's proposed budget

Leaders insist their blueprint would close massive future deficits without tax hikes. To do that, though, the GOP minorities in the House and Senate would dilute the two big initiatives Gov. Dannel P. Malloy and the Democratic majority launched last June: a 30-year investment in transportation and a plan to share sales tax receipts with cities and towns. Continue Reading →

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Key budget players still aren’t talking as clock ticks on session

Benjamin Barnes, secretary of the Office of Policy and Management, explains administration budget proposals to a meeting of state commissioners Monday.

With just two and a half weeks left in the 2016 General Assembly session, the chief players in the state budget drama still haven’t begun talking — at a time negotiations normally would be in full swing. Gov. Dannel P. Malloy is frustrated with his fellow Democrats in the legislature’s majority — whose only plan for the new fiscal year was $340 million out of balance — and with a Republican minority that won’t issue a new plan. Continue Reading →

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Bye urges colleagues, Malloy to scale back town aid cuts

This is a picture of Sen. Beth Bye

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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Legislature adopts bipartisan plan to close this year’s modest deficit

Senate Majority Leader Bob Duff, surrounded by Republican and Democratic legislators, announcing budget deal

The General Assembly overwhelmingly adopted a bipartisan plan Tuesday afternoon to close most or all of the current budget deficit, immediately shifting the legislature’s focus to a far larger projected shortfall for the fiscal year beginning July 1.
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CT deficit plan taps many special funds and one-time sources

Senate President Pro Tem Martin Looney and Majority Leader Bob Duff

While the General Assembly is expected to adopt a plan in special session Tuesday to close most or all of this fiscal year’s budget deficit, restore some funds for hospitals and finance modest business tax breaks, almost 40 percent of the plan diverts resources from specialized funds and various one-time sources. Continue Reading →

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Democrats: Suspend public financing of elections, cut transportation and local aid


The leaders of the legislature’s Democratic majority Monday recommended suspending the state’s public-financing of elections for 2016, cutting social services and retreating from two major initiatives on transportation and municipal aid. Continue Reading →

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Municipal groups: Cuts in aid by another name hurt just as much


A troubling new trend in state budgets, according to municipal lobbying groups, involves cuts to town grants accompanied by a promise to offset those cuts with cost-saving initiatives. But those initiatives, municipal leaders say, haven’t been delivered. Continue Reading →

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