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Malloy defends his legacy on jobs growth and borrowing

In an impromptu valedictory address on his economic and fiscal policies, Gov. Dannel P. Malloy defended his economic record and use of state borrowing Tuesday, saying public investments drove private-sector job growth to new heights, improved Connecticut’s municipal schools and public universities, and strengthened its cities. Continue Reading →

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Lamont offers tax relief in jobs plan, but no plan to pay for it

Democratic gubernatorial nominee Ned Lamont unveiled a jobs plan Wednesday centered on three business tax cuts — and a previously disclosed middle-class income tax break — none of which he could provide without solving a much-larger state budget deficit. Continue Reading →

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Off the main stage, Griebel pitches his deficit solution

Independent gubernatorial candidate Oz Griebel, who has struggled to attract financial and political support, told reporters Thursday that he would empty the Rainy Day Fund and suspend contributions to the state’s  underfunded pension system to help close a huge, post-election state budget deficit. Continue Reading →

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With labor, Lamont carefully treads a path blazed by Malloy

Ned Lamont has spent months trying to distance himself from the unpopular Democratic governor he hopes to succeed, but when it comes to the public-sector unions that bedeviled his predecessor, Lamont faces the same dilemma: How to keep labor’s support in difficult fiscal times? Continue Reading →

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Despite no leverage, candidates promise labor concessions

While all of Connecticut’s gubernatorial candidates say they want more concessions from unionized state employees, the reality is the next governor will have little leverage to force negotiations until his third year in office. So, how do you cut a state budget dominated by personnel expenses if you can’t eliminate personnel? Continue Reading →

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