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.
Joseph J. Fauliso, the Senate leader who became lieutenant governor upon the resignation of his dying friend, Gov. Ella T. Grasso, on Dec. 31, 1980 and then held the job longer than anyone in more than a century, died Wednesday after a brief stay in hospice care. He was 98.