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

Black and Puerto Rican Caucus wants to broaden CT tax debate

This is a picture of Rep. Christopher Rosario, D-Bridgeport (left) and Rep. Brandon McGee, D-Hartford, address reporters

Leaders of the legislature’s Black and Puerto Rican Caucus said they are exploring raising income tax rates on wealthy households — a once popular proposal among House and Senate Democrats that has fallen into disfavor as Republicans have gained seats in both chambers. Continue Reading →

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Dems, GOP test their arguments on labor cuts, tax increases

Ostensibly called to protest the GOP’s labor bills, a news conference of pro-union Democrats in the General Assembly on Friday began to sound like the stirrings of a revolt against the governor’s push for employee concessions and his resistance to any significant new revenue, including a tax increase on the wealthy. Continue Reading →

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Will partisan gridlock push CT budget debate behind closed doors?

While Gov. Dannel P. Malloy and Senate Republican leader Len Fasano were swapping barbs recently about the next state budget, their public exchange ironically hinted at something just the opposite. Namely, that the next state budget may be crafted behind closed doors to a much greater extent than in any other recent session. Continue Reading →

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Jepsen sees ‘not insubstantial’ risk in casino expansion

Allowing Connecticut’s two federally recognized tribes to jointly operate a casino off tribal lands would pose legal risks that “are not insubstantial” to the more than $250 million in slots revenue annually shared with the state, Attorney General George Jepsen wrote Monday in a formal legal opinion. Continue Reading →

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