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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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