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Dramatically eroding CT income tax receipts complicate budget debate

Updated at 7:10 p.m.
New reports show dramatically eroding state income tax receipts that could expand the deficit in the next two-year budget by more than $500 million while depleting existing reserves. Although six more days remain before analysts complete their review of April income tax receipts, the new numbers also raise the prospect state government may have to borrow to balance the current budget. Continue Reading →

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Advocates for teachers, towns say voters oppose pension cost shift

The survey, commissioned by the Connecticut Education Association and the Connecticut Conference of Municipalities, found 64 percent of voters would cast ballots against legislators who back such a plan. Continue Reading →

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Independent living centers at risk from state, federal budget cuts

The five centers provide a wide array of training, counseling and referral services to thousands of residents with physical and mental disabilities, the elderly and the poor. Leaders of the centers have watched state funding shrink by 62 percent over the past year and are at risk of losing the rest this spring. Continue Reading →

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Looney wants half-penny sales tax option for cities and towns

Senate President Pro Tem Martin M. Looney of New Haven called Friday for an optional local sales tax increase to help cities and towns control property tax rates. This would add a local surcharge of one-half of 1 percentage point to the existing 6.35 percent state sales tax. Continue Reading →

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