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Posted inMoney, Politics

CT budget talks remain gridlocked as pols jab via Twitter

State budget talks continued to stall Saturday as Gov. Dannel P. Malloy’s administration and Democratic legislative leaders remained at odds over how to resolve a nearly $1 billion shortfall in the fiscal year that begins July 1. And though talks — which bogged down late Friday — remained in limbo, Democratic legislative leaders insisted they are ready to resume talks with the governor at any time.

Posted inEducation, Health, Money, Politics, Transportation

GOP budget plan: Slash agency budgets, cut bonding drastically

Leaders insist their blueprint would close massive future deficits without tax hikes. To do that, though, the GOP minorities in the House and Senate would dilute the two big initiatives Gov. Dannel P. Malloy and the Democratic majority launched last June: a 30-year investment in transportation and a plan to share sales tax receipts with cities and towns.

Posted inMoney, Politics

Outgoing CT budget springs another leak, could threaten next year’s as well

Less than one month after Gov. Dannel P. Malloy and legislators closed a $220 million deficit in the budget that ends June 30, eroding tax receipts helped punch a new $141 million hole in finances, the administration reported late Wednesday. The last-minute shortfall in the outgoing budget threatens to intensify a bitter, fight over how to balance the next state financial plan.

Posted inMoney, Politics

Malloy cools rhetoric, but stalemate continues on budget

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy struck a conciliatory tone Tuesday a day after House Speaker J. Brendan Sharkey likened his latest budget proposal to “a personal hit list,” conceding legislative leaders have a difficult task building a consensus around deep spending cuts. But the governor remained at odds with the Democratic legislative majority leadership over how to close a $930 million budget gap before the session ends May 4.

Posted inHealth

Mental health service cuts go along with layoffs

The 68 layoffs announced last week at the state Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services were accompanied by plans to close programs serving people who are homeless or getting out of psychiatric hospitals or prison, an intensive team that works with people living in the community who have mental health or substance issues, and a behavioral health program for veterans.

Posted inMoney, Politics

Speaker Sharkey calls Malloy’s budget a ‘personal hit list’

House Speaker J. Brendan Sharkey, D-Hamden, responded in scathing terms Monday to Gov. Dannel P. Malloy’s revised budget proposal, calling it “a public enemies list” and “a personal hit list,” not a basis for negotiating how to balance the budget. He and Senate Democrats canceled a meeting scheduled for Tuesday with Malloy, whose chief of staff called Sharkey’s comments an “unprompted” and “vitriolic.”