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Malloy’s fitful search for a ‘new normal’ on budgets

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy inspecting the I-84 viaduct in Hartford, which he says needs replacement at a cost of billions.

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy talks about his push for a “Second Chance Society” for ex-offenders and his intention to somehow coax the General Assembly into putting the state on a path to spend $100 billion on transportation over 30 years. But the reality of governing in the first months of his second term is less about big ideas than the prospect of a protracted and painful conversation with a restive General Assembly about what kind of government Connecticut can afford. Continue Reading →

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CT spending cap is unique and, some critics say, among the toughest

Like about half of the states in the nation, Connecticut has imposed a cap on the amount of money the state government can spend. But each state has approached the problem of controlling the spending habits of its governors and legislature differently, and Connecticut’s spending cap is unique in a number of ways. Continue Reading →

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For now, Malloy says this budget problem is the legislature’s

Zeb Olko gives Gov. Dannel P. Malloy his card. Olko, who has an intellectual disability,  was the Legislatie Office Building to ask that funding be restored to the Department of Developmental Services.

Exactly four years ago, Gov. Dannel P. Malloy was in Norwich for the fifth of 17 town-hall meetings to pitch Connecticut on the labor concessions and record tax increase he proposed to erase the nation’s largest per-capita state deficit. Today, he is vacationing in Puerto Rico. There is no tour this year to sell the public on his plan to resolve a smaller shortfall with business taxes and spending cuts that fall heavily on the poor, elderly and disabled. Continue Reading →

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CT would have trouble financing Obama’s community college plan

Manchester Community College

WASHINGTON – Gov. Dannel Malloy said he’d participate in President Obama’s plan to provide free tuition to community college students, but he’d find it tough to fund the program, given Connecticut’s tight budget and spending cap.
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CT spending cap threatens to squeeze education, other priorities in next budget


Though taxes and spending cuts dominate the debate over Connecticut’s budget deficit, the constitutional cap on spending is waiting in the wings for its turn. The 23-year-old cap has effectively begun to squeeze resources for education, transportation and other priorities and could also be a political thorn in the side of Gov. Dannel P. Malloy and his fellow Democrats in the General Assembly’s majority.
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