Welcome to our new podcast, where we take a close look at where the state government gets its money and how it chooses to spend it to address the state’s needs.

The Mirror will post three podcasts this month, beginning with today’s, which outlines how the state spends $19 billion each year. In subsequent podcasts we will feature guests and interviews with legislators and other policymakers.

We purposely kept this introductory podcast very short. But if you want to see something different in these podcasts, e-mail me at kphaneuf@ctmirror.org.

If this is successful, we will make it a regular feature in 2015.

Keith has spent most of his 31 years as a reporter specializing in state government finances, analyzing such topics as income tax equity, waste in government and the complex funding systems behind Connecticut’s transportation and social services networks. He has been the state finances reporter at CT Mirror since it launched in 2010. Prior to joining CT Mirror Keith was State Capitol bureau chief for The Journal Inquirer of Manchester, a reporter for the Day of New London, and a former contributing writer to The New York Times. Keith is a graduate of and a former journalism instructor at the University of Connecticut.

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