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With an eye on 2014, Malloy shares credit and burdens

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy’s budget address Wednesday effectively opens his 2014 re-election campaign, highlighting investments made and priorities set to revive Connecticut’s economy, while glossing over fiscal and political liabilities. Over 37 minutes, Malloy struck a humbler, more conciliatory tone than in previous speeches, a departure for a governor who too often has played the […]

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Malloy budget: Winners & Losers

Winners Housing: The budget would fund 100 new units of supportive housing in 2015, provide money for “rapid re-housing” to help homeless families move into permanent, stable housing and add capital funds for affordable housing. There’s also a new department of housing to coordinate it all. Insurance companies: If Malloy’s proposal to end Medicaid coverage […]

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Malloy proposal cuts Medicaid, payments to working poor, hospitals

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy’s budget proposal would eliminate Medicaid coverage for thousands of poor parents, reduce a tax credit for low-income workers, eliminate the state-run Charter Oak Health Plan and slash payments to hospitals. It would also take advantage of federal funds to increase Medicaid enrollment and raise rates paid to primary care providers who […]

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Teacher evaluations: state board gives the nod to providing slower rollout

The State Board of Education Wednesday approved a plan that slows the statewide rollout of new teacher evaluations linked to student performance. Instead of districts’ being required to evaluate every one of its teachers next school year, the plan allows local officials to begin with at least one-third of the teachers in each district being […]

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Connecticut pulls short straw in Sandy aid

The first outlay of Hurricane Sandy recovery money has been distributed, and Connecticut has received a fraction, about $72 million, of the $3.2 billion Gov. Dannel P. Malloy said he needs. The Department of Housing and Urban Development announced Wednesday it would distribute one-third of the $16 billion appropriated by the Sandy recovery bill for […]