Appropriations Committee

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Budget panel won’t pass spending plan — again

For the second consecutive year, the legislature’s Appropriations Committee will not recommend a new budget before its deadline. But Democratic and Republican leaders from the House and Senate said lawmakers will continue working between now and the session’s end on May 9 to close a projected shortfall in the fiscal year that begins July 1. Continue Reading →

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Blumenthal, Murphy up for big promotions if Dems take over Senate

WASHINGTON — If Democrats reach their goal of retaking control of the U.S. Senate in November’s elections, Connecticut’s senators have much to gain. Sen. Richard Blumenthal, if re-elected, and fellow Democratic Sen. Chris Murphy will zoom up in seniority much faster than their predecessors. Continue Reading →

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CT Zika-fighting efforts could feel pinch if Congress doesn’t act

WASHINGTON — Connecticut has received nearly $1 million this week from the federal government to combat the Zika virus – enough for now, state officials say, but not if the crisis worsens. Meanwhile, the blame game continues in Washington over who is responsible for holding up more than $1 billion that could bolster states’ efforts to fight the disease. Continue Reading →

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Struggle to balance current budget could help with future deficits

While legislators and Gov. Dannel P. Malloy scramble to close yet another hole in the current state budget, the exercise could help them solve a much larger problem. Depending on how they solve this fiscal year’s $220 million deficit — a task lawmakers have pledged to complete Tuesday — the $900 million hole built into 2016-17 finances could be whittled down by nearly one-quarter.
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UConn contract seems iffy as Appropriations vote nears

On the eve of a critical legislative committee vote, some members of the Democratic majority were still undecided on whether to approve a five-year salary contract for 1,900 University of Connecticut employees. Continue Reading →

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In suburban schools, student poverty growing faster than education aid

The number of low-income, high-need students attending school in the suburbs is rising, putting new strains on local budgets. That’s why their municipal leaders are pressing the legislature to adjust the state’s system of aid to local schools. Continue Reading →

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Budget panel would blow by spending cap to restore social service, education funds

The legislature’s budget-writing panel recommended adding $514 million in spending to Gov. Dannel P. Malloy’s plan — and embraced a radical new interpretation of the constitutional spending cap — primarily to bolster human services and education. Continue Reading →

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Is it a gag order or the Malloy administration speaking with one voice?

Key legislators say a directive from budget director Benjamin Barnes restricting what agency heads can tell legislators about Gov. Dannel P. Malloy’s budget proposal is hindering lawmakers in doing their jobs and will push more of the budget-writing process behind closed doors. Barnes says the administration simply works together “as one administration, with all our commissioners and agency heads.” Continue Reading →

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