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

Recent Posts

FOI complaint seeks documents delving into fiscal stability panel’s work

Two progressive policy groups have charged the state’s fiscal stability commission with failing to disclose documents — including those tied to a nonprofit that funded key budgetary consultants for the panel. They are asking the legislature to put off acting on the panel’s recommendations until their request for the documents is resolved. Continue Reading →

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Business community cautious with new fiscal stability plan for CT

Connecticut’s business leaders offered much praise but were more cautious with their support when it came to the recommendations of the state’s Commission on Fiscal Stability and Economic Growth. Continue Reading →

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Economic commission co-chairs: ‘It’s about what’s good for Connecticut’

Webster Bank Chairman Jim Smith and Robert Patricelli, founder of several healthcare companies, are the co-chairmen of the state Commission on Fiscal Stability and Economic Growth. In this Sunday Conversation they talk about the need for more civic engagement and their expectations about how Connecticut’s government will respond to their sweeping recommendations on restructuring taxes and encouraging economic development. Continue Reading →

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Despite snowstorms, town road grants remained stalled

After facing Connecticut’s third nor’easter in less than two weeks, municipalities are reminding state officials that strained local snow removal budgets badly need overdue state aid. But the prospects for immediate release of the stalled $30 million in Town Aid Road grants seem dim. Continue Reading →

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CCM backs plan to revitalize CT — despite risk to local aid

Despite a proposal that could jeopardize state aid in the coming years, the Connecticut Conference of Municipalities has endorsed the full report of the Commission on Fiscal Stability and Economic Growth, arguing it offers more long-term benefits for the state and its communities. Continue Reading →

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