The Mashantucket Pequot and Mohegan tribes won the first half of their home-court fight with MGM Resorts International over the rights to gaming expansion in Connecticut as the Senate voted 24-12 early Wednesday for a bill authorizing the tribes to jointly develop the state’s first casino off tribal lands.
The House speaker is an AFSCME employee. A freshman senator used to lobby for a water company. Neither is barred by Connecticut’s narrowly drawn ethics rules from using their elected positions to advocate for their employers. In a state with a part-time, citizen legislature, almost anything goes so long as elected officials or their families don’t end up with money in their pockets as the direct result of legislative action.
President Donald Trump unveiled a budget Thursday that slashes federal funding for education by 13.5 percent – cuts that probably would handicap or kill several programs that thousands of Connecticut children participate in each year. He also is proposing a massive increase for school choice, citing Connecticut’s “Open Choice” program as a model.
The House of Representatives voted 120-30 to pass a bill Tuesday that would enact specific protections for pregnant women who are in the workplace or seeking employment. Some Republicans opposed the measure as a burden on small businesses.
If early voting comes to Connecticut, it will be late — following 37 other states and the District of Columbia. A sharply divided House of Representatives took a small step Tuesday towards putting the issue to a referendum vote, though not before 2020.
WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump’s decision to hire New York attorney Marc Kasowitz to serve as his private lawyers during federal and congressional Russia probes has hurt Connecticut Sen. Joe Lieberman’s chances of becoming the next FBI chief. Continue Reading →
After two days of leaks and speculation, state employee union leaders and Gov. Dannel P. Malloy struck a tentative framework to recommend a $1.5 billion concessions framework to member unions. Continue Reading →
WASHINGTON – President Donald Trump’s budget would require Connecticut to drop residents from key social and health programs in the state, and make tough decisions on how to handle other proposed federal cuts to education, housing and the environment. Connecticut’s congressional delegation vowed to fight it. Continue Reading →
Top Democrats in the House and Senate praised the deal and said trying to close a $5.1 billion deficit in the next budget without the $1.5 billion in potential savings from concessions would be the worst-case scenario. But their GOP counterparts had a very different perspective. Continue Reading →
With a little more than two weeks remaining until the session’s June 7 adjournment deadline, dozens of bills unrelated to the state’s budget are certain to be voted upon. Legislative leaders say campaign finance reform and a minimum wage increase are among the contentious issues that could come up in the session’s final days. Continue Reading →
The Connecticut Republican Party breathlessly skewered a Democratic state senator Tuesday for a tongue-in-cheek amendment exempting Yogi Bear and Winnie-the-Pooh from a bear-hunting bill — unaware the original authors were two GOP lawmakers. Continue Reading →
The legislature’s Judiciary Committee voted Monday night to endorse the nominations of 13 new judges of the Superior Court, despite uncertainty over whether the judiciary will have sufficient funds to pay their salaries or provide support personnel. Continue Reading →
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WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump’s first budget, to be released in detail Tuesday, would cut Medicaid funding to Connecticut and eliminate other programs state residents rely upon to try to make ends meet, such as one that helps low-income people heat their homes. Many of the proposed cuts will meet resistance from Congress. Continue Reading →
The tentative concessions deal Gov. Dannel P. Malloy and employee unions were closing in on Monday would double pension contributions for most workers, create a hybrid pension/defined-contribution plan for future workers, and curtail health care benefits for existing retirees. Continue Reading →
If Gov. Dannel P. Malloy and state-employee unions strike a tentative concessions deal this week, the governor and legislators face a crucial balancing test — setting today’s dire budget crisis against bigger problems that await tomorrow. Continue Reading →