As legislators learned state finances could run $4.7 billion in deficit over the next two fiscal years, one panel unanimously endorsed close to $50 million in small tax cuts by 2018 — and more gradual repeal of a $550 million tax on hospitals.
Republican legislators unveiled a two-year budget plan that rejected controversial proposals to pass teacher pension costs onto towns and to expose nonprofit hospitals to local taxation. But the GOP plan, which also would eliminate a program to share sales tax receipts with municipalities, is out of balance by more than $1 billion because of recent, massive erosion in state income tax receipts.
WASHINGTON — Despite reports to the contrary, President Donald Trump has not committed to making payments that insurers like Anthem say are needed for them to consider staying in Access Health CT and other state health insurance exchanges.
Plummeting state income tax collections reached their worst decline Thursday since the last recession, falling $450 million below anticipated levels for April — one-and-a-half times the free fall projected just one day ago.
Connecticut now has a dozen candidates raising money for declared or exploratory campaigns for governor as Comptroller Kevin P. Lembo confirmed Thursday what has been suspected for months and known for weeks: He, too, is interested in running for governor in 2018.
What price homelessness? Can you put a price tag on what it means to lose your housing? Apparently, you can. The Commissioner of the Department of Housing recently testified at a public hearing that it costs the state of Connecticut $33,000 if a person who becomes homeless stays homeless for a year. The $388,000 proposed […]
When Oscar the Grouch so wisely exclaimed, “It’s called garbage can, not garbage cannot!” he wasn’t just referring to his treasured home on Sesame Street, but to the abundant source of life living – and working – in our garbage to help process our food waste, improve sustainability, reduce landfills and ultimately, help feed the hungry.
Within miles of the State Capitol, 60,000 women and girls live in poverty. The way out is a college degree, but for many women the path to success in college is filled with obstacles. The Aurora Women and Girls Foundation is focused on finding solutions. The foundation’s Aurora Report and its concentration on college completion initiatives was the highlight recently at the Legislative Office Building where the organization hosted a forum, “Building Futures for Women and Girls.”