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Most CT lawmakers opposed bill that reopened government

WASHINGTON — Saying the deal was not good for Connecticut, most Connecticut lawmakers on Monday voted against a short-term spending bill that will reopen the government. The Connecticut Democrats who opposed the CR said it failed to fund programs important to the state and to protect young undocumented immigrants known as “dreamers.” But it did authorize the Children’s Health Insurance Program, known as HUSKY B in Connecticut, for six years. Continue Reading →

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CT lawmakers weigh revival of earmarks

WASHINGTON — Reviled as corrupting and anti-democratic, congressional earmarks may have a revival because of recent comments from President Donald Trump and GOP lawmakers’ growing frustration with the budget process. Their return is fine with Connecticut lawmakers who have used the process to steer tens of millions of dollars to special projects in the state. Continue Reading →

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Senate, House approve tax plan CT lawmakers call disastrous for state

Updated at 1:15 a.m. Wednesday
WASHINGTON — With Vice President Mike Pence presiding, the Senate early Wednesday approved a massive tax overhaul on a strict party-line vote, deepening the partisan divide in Congress. Connecticut’s Democrats joined all others in their party to vote against the tax plan, calling it a giveaway to the rich that would hurt working Americans. Continue Reading →

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Malloy, CT lawmakers blast FCC net neutrality rollback

WASHINGTON — The Federal Communications Commission’s partisan vote on Thursday to scrap “net neutrality” regulations and stop regulating internet delivery systems like utilities prompted partisan reaction. Most Democrats, including members of the state’s congressional delegation and Connecticut Gov. Dannel Malloy, condemned the move. Republicans supported it. Continue Reading →

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GOP approves tax bill over opposition of CT lawmakers

WASHINGTON – The U.S. House on Thursday approved a wide-ranging overhaul of the federal tax code that will lower taxes for many in Connecticut, while hiking them for some, especially in middle-class tax brackets. The Institute for Taxation and Economic Policy said 305,000 Connecticut households earning less than $197,000 would see a tax increase under the bill. Continue Reading →

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CT tax commissioner says GOP plan would force many in state to pay more

WASHINGTON — Connecticut Commissioner of Revenue Services Kevin Sullivan says the House GOP tax bill “could provide some economic stimulus…for states like Connecticut,” but he also said the plan is “fundamentally flawed” and that many in the state would end up owing more in federal income taxes. Continue Reading →

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Senate tax bill would have big impact on CT homeowners, small businesses

WASHINGTON – The Senate decided to go its own way in overhauling the nation’s tax code, and it’s plan would have a different impact on Connecticut taxpayers than a similar House bill. One big change is that Connecticut homeowners would no longer be able to deduct their property taxes on their federal returns. Continue Reading →

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Larson sees ‘same result’ for GOP tax plan as Obamacare repeal

WASHINGTON — As a member of the House Ways and Means Committee, Rep. John Larson is on the front lines of Democratic opposition to the Republican plan to overhaul the federal tax code. He says the proposal is especially bad for taxpayers in Connecticut and predicts it will follow the same path to failure as the GOP attempt to repeal and replace Obamacare. Continue Reading →

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GOP, Dems collide over funding of health centers, HUSKY B

This is a picture of Community Health Services, a community health center in Hartford.

WASHINGTON — With scant support from Democrats, the U.S. House of Representatives on Friday approved a bill that would authorize new spending for a health care program that covers about 17,000 children in Connecticut, and for the state’s community health centers, which serve many uninsured and Medicaid patients. But many are calling the bill dead on arrival in the Senate because it would take money from other health programs. Continue Reading →

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Murphy campaign raises $6 million as CT Dems outpace rivals

WASHINGTON — Sen. Chris Murphy’s campaign said the senator has raised $1.3 million in the last quarter and has more than $6 million in his war chest. The state’s other congressional Democrats also are leaving GOP challengers in the dust when it come to raising political cash. Continue Reading →

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