Keith M. Phaneuf

Keith, with Jacqueline Rabe Thomas, won first prize in investigative reporting from the Education Writers Association in 2012 for a series of stories on the Board of Regents for Higher Education. The former State Capitol bureau chief for The Journal Inquirer of Manchester, Keith has spent most of 24 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. A former contributing writer to The New York Times, Keith is a graduate of and a former journalism instructor at the University of Connecticut. E-mail him at kphaneuf@ctmirror.org.

Recent Posts

In cities and suburbs, early turnout high in Connecticut

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy was the 280th voter to cast a ballot at his polling place in Hartford’s West End Tuesday morning — just one of the state’s many residents who flocked to the polls Tuesday as officials reported high voter turnout numbers more typical of presidential elections than mid-term Connecticut elections. Continue Reading →

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Voters go to polls in Connecticut’s ‘extraordinarily odd year’

Buffeted by conflicting state and national political currents, Connecticut voters go to the polls today to cast votes for statewide and legislative candidates, many who have tied their fortunes to how the electorate feels about two men not on the ballot, Gov. Dannel P. Malloy and President Donald J. Trump. Continue Reading →

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Projections show transportation funds getting lean by 2021

Will Connecticut be able to borrow funds at affordable rates to rebuild its aging transportation system? New projections show one key barometer of the transportation program’s fiscal health could be slipping into dangerous territory within the next two years. Continue Reading →

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Wooden and Gray vie to replace a 20-year veteran for state treasurer’s office

Democrat Shawn Wooden and Republican Thad Gray largely see eye-to-eye when it comes to the state’s massive pension debt, the state’s growing reliance on borrowing  to cover debt payments, and even the financial bailout for Hartford. But when it comes to the proper background to handle the job, the candidates each say their rival is lacking. Continue Reading →

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Lamont paints himself into a fiscal corner by ruling out solutions to deficit

Democratic gubernatorial nominee Ned Lamont has slowly eliminated most options to close a major post-election deficit in state finances as he’s tried to convince voters he won’t order major tax hikes. [Updated at 7:15 p.m. with comment from Bob Stefanowski’s campaign.] Continue Reading →

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