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Session’s final night produces drama, intrigue — and some legislation

The General Assembly delivered its annual dose of drama and deals, seasoned by a few grudges, on the final day of the annual legislative session as union and hospital lobbyists nearly came to blows outside the Senate, and Senate Democrats publicly snubbed House Speaker J. Brendan Sharkey, D-Hamden, in the session’s last hour. House Republicans […]

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Democrats consider legalizing Keno to fill last-minute budget hole

Scrambling to find more revenue to balance the next state budget, Gov. Dannel P. Malloy’s administration and Democratic legislative leaders are considering legalizing Keno, a form of gambling that could require consent by the state’s two tribal casinos. Sources close to budget negotiations said the talks centered on a plan to raise $30 million to […]

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Legislature’s budget matches Malloy’s bottom line, reverses him on details

The state legislature’s budget-writing panel maintained a massive cut to hospitals but reversed a controversial reduction to health care for poor working parents in a $43.9 billion, two-year budget that effectively matched the spending level sought by Gov. Dannel P. Malloy. “It’s one of the most difficult budgets, frankly. I sat in public hearings and […]