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Malloy to seek greater executive branch control over budget

After struggling to extract spending cuts from legislators last year, Gov. Dannel P. Malloy will propose a new state budget that gives departments much greater discretion to decide how their money is spent. Sources familiar with the governor’s 2016-17 budget proposal say it won’t assign agency funding to many specific programs, moving instead toward the block-grant system used for state colleges and universities.
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A tale of patronage, civil service and Malloy’s GOP aides

They are a trio with impeccable Republican resumes. One served as executive director of the state GOP. All three did stints as a chief of staff for a Republican caucus at the General Assembly. They now serve Gov. Dannel P. Malloy as legislative liaisons, Republicans in the odd position of being paid to explain, defend and advocate the policies of a Democratic administration. Continue Reading →

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CT spending cap is unique and, some critics say, among the toughest

Like about half of the states in the nation, Connecticut has imposed a cap on the amount of money the state government can spend. But each state has approached the problem of controlling the spending habits of its governors and legislature differently, and Connecticut’s spending cap is unique in a number of ways. Continue Reading →

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Sharkey names Berger to Finance, Tong to Judiciary

House Speaker J. Brendan Sharkey, D-Hamden, changed the leadership of a half-dozen committees Friday as he named Rep. Jeff Berger of Waterbury as the new co-chair of the Finance, Revenue and Bonding Committee and Rep. William Tong of Stamford to lead the Judiciary Committee. Continue Reading →

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Courts, legislature, watchdogs will tighten belts to reduce CT’s deficit

The state’s Judicial and Legislative branches have ordered nearly $7 million in spending cuts Gov. Dannel P. Malloy requested last month, relying heavily on hiring restrictions to reduce costs. And the state’s watchdog agencies also have agreed to find the 1 percent cuts Malloy asked for to help close a small mid-year deficit. Continue Reading →

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Need to pass a bill? Now, you check with the GOP minority

As the Connecticut General Assembly trudges towards its adjournment deadline of midnight Wednesday, the fate of dozens of bills relies on whether House Minority Leader Lawrence F. Cafero Jr., R- Norwalk, chooses to display a square red card at his desk in the House of Representatives. Continue Reading →

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