While Gov. Dannel P. Malloy is challenging his fellow Democrats in the legislature to focus less on their re-election chances and more on Connecticut’s budget crisis, legislators respond that the Democratic governor did not lead by example when dealing with the budget during his last re-election bid.
2016 State Budget
Budget tracker: See where each side stands
The budget shortfall for the coming fiscal year is approaching $1 billion, but Gov. Dannel P. Malloy and legislative leaders remain at odds on how to fix it. Here’s an updated look at how each side would address the problem.
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.
CT counts on future legal settlements to mitigate eroding income tax receipts
Despite rapidly eroding state income tax receipts, analysts for Gov. Dannel P. Malloy’s administration and the legislature are counting on payments from future legal settlements and other sources to mitigate much of the likely tax revenue loss next fiscal year.
Legislators send Malloy an invitation and a proposed fiscal plan
A week after suspending budget talks with the administration, the Democratic leaders of the General Assembly offered an olive branch and a proposal for a new fiscal plan Thursday to Gov. Dannel P. Malloy.
CT may entice businesses to pay more taxes — voluntarily
Majority Democratic legislators want Connecticut to invite businesses to pay more taxes — voluntarily — next spring — in exchange for a contractually guaranteed tax break down the road, according to several sources within the House and Senate Democratic caucuses.
Volatile income tax receipts complicate effort to craft CT budget
Unstable tax receipts are threatening to dash Democratic legislators’ hopes of adopting a new state budget this week. By midday Tuesday, earlier indications that income tax receipts might be on the rise — based on very preliminary data after the April 18 filing deadline – had evaporated.
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.
Lawmakers will vote on budget without negotiating with Malloy
In a further rupture with Gov. Dannel P. Malloy, the General Assembly will bypass usual negotiations with the chief executive and head straight to a budget vote, House Speaker J. Brendan Sharkey said Thursday.
Budget crisis follows Malloy into Clinton campaign event
Gov. Dannel P. Malloy was reminded Thursday there is no escaping the budget crisis, not even at a presidential campaign event: A Sandy Hook mother gently called him out in front of Hillary Clinton and the national press for cuts he is making to mental health and social services.
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.
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.
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.
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.”
Layoffs ordered at UConn Health Center
Gov. Dannel P. Malloy’s administration served layoff notices Monday to 89 state employees at the University of Connecticut Health Center in Farmington.