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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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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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Griebel on the business climate: ‘Confidence must be restored’

R. Nelson “Oz” Griebel, longtime chief executive officer of the MetroHartford Alliance, has been active in state, regional and city public policy for nearly two decades. He chaired the state Transportation Strategy Board and ran, unsuccessfully, for governor in 2010. Now, as the governor and General Assembly resume debate on the state budget and massively under-funded retirement benefit programs that threaten Connecticut’s fiscal future, Griebel sat down to talk with The Mirror. Continue Reading →

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Progressives struggle to regain momentum on labor bills

The Democratic leader of the evenly divided state Senate led the kickoff Thursday of an uphill campaign to raise the $10.10 minimum wage to $15 on Jan. 1, 2022, and also make Connecticut the fifth state in the U.S. to enact a worker-funded insurance program of paid medical leave. Continue Reading →

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Malloy budget hinges on big labor savings, new revenues

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy unveiled a $40.6 billion two-year budget Wednesday that seeks $1.5 billion in labor concessions, imposes $400 million on annual pension costs on municipalities and reorganizes the financial relationship between the state, communities and hospitals. Continue Reading →

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Malloy proposal today to kick off a grueling budget season

The governor’s new, two-year budget would avert $3.6 billion in projected deficits, seek $700 million in annual labor concessions, redistribute local aid to shield poor cities, require municipalities to cover one-third of Connecticut’s teacher pension costs and allow municipalities to levy the property tax on hospitals. Continue Reading →

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Labor savings is the big unknown in Malloy’s new budget

The new budget Gov. Dannel P. Malloy will propose Wednesday will be based partly on a big assumption — that ongoing talks with state employee unions will produce concessions. But some are worried that to get them, the state must promise to maintain a costly retirement benefits system beyond the current 2022 expiration date. Continue Reading →

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Brinksmanship at State Capitol over pension deal

Republicans tried Wednesday to scuttle a deal Gov. Dannel P. Malloy struck with state employee unions to avoid spiking pension costs. But the House voted 76 to 72 to ratify the deal, while the Senate followed suit in more dramatic fashion with a tie-breaking vote by Lt. Gov. Nancy Wyman. Continue Reading →

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