In The Mirror’s third podcast, budget reporter Keith M. Phaneuf discusses new tax cuts in the works for consumers, teachers, students and businesses and whether they stand a chance in the face of next year’s $1.3 billion budget deficit. He also talks with Sen. Beth Bye, co-chairwoman of the Appropriations Committee, about whether tax increases are truly off the table, and whether social service programs could be in line for more reductions.

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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