Connecticut saw a preview Tuesday of what a fiscal deadlock looks like in a closely divided General Assembly: A fragile Democratic majority unable to unite behind a spending plan, and a Republican minority unwilling to step into the void and share responsibility for a budget destined to be poison at the polls in 2018.
WASHINGTON — The Navy’s plans to boost the number of ships and submarines would cost more than $100 billion a year and pose a challenge to the capacity of the nation’s shipbuilders, especially those building subs like Electric Boat, a new government report said.
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The General Assembly’s Appropriations Committee failed to adopt a $41 billion budget proposal Tuesday afternoon as Democrats were unable to hold together a paper-thin majority on the panel.
Joshua M. Hall, a teachers’ union official and former treasurer of the state Democratic Party, won a special election in Hartford’s 7th House District on the Working Families Party ballot line Tuesday night, defeating two other Democrats. Republican Joe Poletta easily won in Watertown’s 68th House District.
When legislative leaders disclosed Tuesday afternoon that the Finance, Revenue and Bonding Committee wouldn’t recommend any major tax hikes this year, that same panel already was more than three hours into a public hearing on proposals to do just that.
WASHINGTON —Sen. Richard Blumenthal on Tuesday was in a small minority of senators to vote against the confirmation of Rod Rosenstein to the No. 2 job at the Justice Department. He said Rosenstein’s failure to commit to appointing a special prosecutor to investigate ties between the Trump administration and Russia forced him to vote against the nomination. Continue Reading →
After a day filled with intense, last-minute negotiations, Democrats on the General Assembly’s Appropriations Committee appeared poised late Monday to bring the expenditure portion of a new, two-year spending budget to a vote Tuesday. Continue Reading →
Nivea L. Torres, superintendent of Connecticut’s vocational-technical school system, is resigning from that post on May 1 amidst at least four investigations, the state Department of Education announced Monday. Continue Reading →
After watching its standing fall on Wall Street in recent years, Connecticut may have to pledge a portion of its income tax receipts when borrowing for future capital projects. State Treasurer Denise L. Nappier unveiled a program Monday she says will help control borrowing costs and enable the state to rebuild its depleted reserves. Continue Reading →
WASHINGTON — The Golden Hill Paugussett tribe of Trumbull is preparing to seek federal recognition again, a classification that would bring the tribe special federal help and the right to open a casino and press land claims. Continue Reading →
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New reports show dramatically eroding state income tax receipts that could expand the deficit in the next two-year budget by more than $500 million while depleting existing reserves. Although six more days remain before analysts complete their review of April income tax receipts, the new numbers also raise the prospect state government may have to borrow to balance the current budget. Continue Reading →
The market is changing. Families are smaller. Young people are happy, at least for a time, to rent an apartment in a walkable, interesting city or town center. Many Boomers are looking to downsize. And for a quarter century, state officials have been trying to inject more affordable housing into more communities. Continue Reading →
The campaign for a vacant state House seat in Hartford, where voters will be offered three flavors of Democrat in a special election Tuesday, has laid bare tensions between Democrats and the Working Families Party, a labor offshoot that fashions itself as the progressive conscience of Connecticut politics. Continue Reading →
In a state where the gap in achievement between Hispanic students and their white peers is among the largest in the country, Yoellie Iglesias is on a mission to get more Latina mothers in Waterbury more involved in their children’s education. Continue Reading →