The group vows to help CT legislators work around the spending cap. Meanwhile, a progressive caucus is renewing its fight for tax fairness.
Keith M. Phaneuf
Keith has spent most of his 31 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. He has been the state finances reporter at CT Mirror since it launched in 2010. Prior to joining CT Mirror Keith was State Capitol bureau chief for The Journal Inquirer of Manchester, a reporter for the Day of New London, and a former contributing writer to The New York Times. Keith is a graduate of and a former journalism instructor at the University of Connecticut.
Finance panel: Next CT tax fairness study must focus on inequality
A proposal would, among other measures, require the inclusion of more demographic information when assessing tax impacts on income groups.
CT budget battle heats up as Lamont offers rosy financial picture
After the Lamont administration painted an overly rosy image of state funding, stakeholders want Lamont to have a reality check of his own.
CT universities could face 650 layoffs, big tuition hikes
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CT legislative leaders and Lamont are gridlocked on spending cap
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CT may need to work around budget cap, top lawmakers hint
One day after legislators unveiled a budget limited by the spending cap, leaders insisted officials must do more for core services.
‘Fiscal guardrails’ steer legislators to lean budget despite surplus
The CT Appropriations Committee pitched a $51 billion budget that offers lean growth for education, social services and health care.
Spending cap expected to force CT panel to endorse lean budget
Despite record-setting reserves in CT, the Appropriations Committee is expected to recommend lean spending for the next two fiscal years.
CT income tax exemption for retirement earnings could expand
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CT income tax cut now might not include some benefits for wealthy
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Baby Bonds gridlock threatens Democratic unity on next CT budget
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Pandemic bonuses for CT private sector need one final cash boost
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Lamont budget chief: Proposed cut makes tax system fairer
Jeffrey Beckham said the tax-cutting plan would primarily benefit the middle class, but progressives say CT can do more for poorer families.
CT hasn’t spent millions budgeted for health care, human services
CT legislators and labor are asking if the administration is making progress fixing a staffing crisis and responding to health care needs.