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A Connecticut compromise on firefighters’ cancer relief

Firefighters left the State Capitol last year in a fury over the refusal of House leaders to call a vote on legislation providing them lost-wage coverage for work-related cancers. Just after midnight Wednesday, they watched a bipartisan compromise pass unanimously with the blessing of the municipalities that once thwarted them. Continue Reading →

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Bill to allow fewer polling places in primaries back after 4 years

Connecticut’s cities and towns could see small cost savings in future election cycles if lawmakers approve a bill that would allow town registrars to reduce the number of polling places in primaries. It has substantial support, but not everyone thinks it’s a good idea. Continue Reading →

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Municipalities fear big CT deficits will nix promised state aid

In light of surging state budget deficits, municipal leaders were skeptical Tuesday that their communities would receive the hundreds of millions of dollars in state sales tax receipts owed them over the next three years. The Connecticut Conference of Municipalities also used their annual lobbying day at the Capitol to urge legislators to spare them from new mandates and to postpone and reform a new municipal spending cap. Continue Reading →

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Firefighters, towns talk compromise on cancer bill

Expanded workers’ compensation benefits for firefighters with cancer, an issue derailed in the Connecticut General Assembly last year by a loud and bitter lobbying battle between municipalities and labor, seems likely to be resolved by a bipartisan-led compromise. Continue Reading →

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Malloy: Speed DMV lines by shedding ‘collection agency’ role

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy wants to help the beleaguered Department of Motor Vehicles by getting the agency out of the municipal debt collection business and by expanding transactions that can be done at private businesses like AAA offices. Continue Reading →

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Connecticut economy, the facilitator will see you now

It was inevitable. Suzanne Bates of the Yankee Institute, a conservative think tank critical of public-employee benefits, found herself at a table next to Daniel J. Livingston, the lawyer who negotiates those benefits for state employee unions. The unlikely table mates were emblematic of an experiment staged Friday to find a new approach to economic policy in Connecticut. Continue Reading →

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Malloy seeks new storyline with budget gambit

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy’s challenge to legislative leaders to participate in bipartisan budget talks is less a cry for fiscal help than an effort to alter a political narrative that’s failed him in recent months, driving his approval rating to a new low. Continue Reading →

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Business, labor, town leaders summit to address CT’s economy, fiscal woes

Leading advocates for Connecticut’s businesses, workers and municipal governments will gather next month in Westbrook to tackle the challenges facing the state economy and state government finances. Continue Reading →

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Municipal groups: Cuts in aid by another name hurt just as much

A troubling new trend in state budgets, according to municipal lobbying groups, involves cuts to town grants accompanied by a promise to offset those cuts with cost-saving initiatives. But those initiatives, municipal leaders say, haven’t been delivered. Continue Reading →

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Looming deficits already threaten transportation, town aid initiatives

A new, two-year state budget would make unprecedented investments in communities and transportation. But while Gov. Dannel P. Malloy insists his transportation investment will be protected by a legal lockbox, and Democratic lawmakers profess their commitment to local aid, looming deficits that start arriving in 2017-18 have advocates for both constituencies admitting they’re worried. Continue Reading →

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For cities, towns: Does blocking mandates trump new state aid?

Despite a Senate Democratic plan to pump $700 million in sales tax receipts into communities over the next two years to relieve property taxpayers, municipal leaders took aim Wednesday at another of the caucus’s key initiatives: a mandated expansion of workers’ compensation for police and fire-fighters. Continue Reading →

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Behind The Numbers podcast — Episode 5: The Budget and Municipalities

Connecticut Mirror budget reporter Keith M. Phaneuf discuss the state budget and its effect on Connecticut cities and towns with Matthew B. Galligan, Connecticut Conference of Municipalities president and South Windsor town manager. Continue Reading →

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Would state sales tax hike really translate into local tax relief?

The fate of a major proposed expansion of Connecticut’s sales tax may not hinge solely on the objections of businesses and consumers. The key question could be whether cities and towns — the prime beneficiaries of these potential sales tax receipts — would use those funds to lower property taxes or to expand local spending. Continue Reading →

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CT municipalities fear they may finally take a budget hit

After being spared the state budget axe again and again since the Great Recession, leaders of Connecticut’s cities and towns are fearful their perfect track record may be at risk. Though they suffer no major cuts in Gov. Dannel P. Malloy’s proposed new budget, municipal leaders see legislators – who are scrambling to plug other holes in the governor’s plan – eyeing the $3.2 billion municipal aid package hungrily. Continue Reading →

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