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Behind The Numbers Podcast – Episode 6: Charter schools, state aid and UConn in a lean budget

Connecticut Mirror budget reporter Keith M. Phaneuf and education reporter Jacqueline Rabe Thomas discuss the new $40.3 billion, two-year state budget legislators sent to Gov. Dannel P. Malloy, and its impact on every level of education from preschool to colleges and universities.

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Behind The Numbers Podcast – Episode 1: The governor, the deficit and the lockbox

Mirror reporter Keith M. Phaneuf and Hartford Courant columnist Dan Haar, discuss Gov. Dannel P. Malloy’s upcoming budget proposal, big deficit projections, and whether a legal “lockbox” can ensure transportation investments will actually grow. Behind The Numbers is sponsored by the Connecticut Society of Certified Public Accountants.

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5 Things You Need to Know About…Consensus Revenues

Once a month The Mirror will answer five questions about a key element of the state budget process. Labeled “5 Things,” our aim is to de-mystify the arcane language and process that shroud the way the state government chooses to spend taxpayers’ money. Today’s story will take a look at so-called “consensus revenue estimates,” which the state uses to project how much money it expects to have coming into its treasury.