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Federal budget deal helps CT defense industry, state budget

Washington – One of Rep. John Boehner’s final acts as Speaker of the House this week was to negotiate a budget deal with the White House that will help Connecticut’s defense industry by boosting Pentagon spending and save the state government about $65 million in health care expenses for low-income residents and state retirees. Continue Reading →

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Hospitals could face larger cut

The governor cut $192 million in Medicaid funding for hospitals last month, but the actual hit to hospitals could end up being 25 percent higher. The state is holding back additional payments that weren’t part of the cost-saving measure, and the governor’s budget office said decisions about whether to pay them will be “based on whether we have enough money to keep the budget in balance.” Continue Reading →

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Is it a gag order or the Malloy administration speaking with one voice?

Key legislators say a directive from budget director Benjamin Barnes restricting what agency heads can tell legislators about Gov. Dannel P. Malloy’s budget proposal is hindering lawmakers in doing their jobs and will push more of the budget-writing process behind closed doors. Barnes says the administration simply works together “as one administration, with all our commissioners and agency heads.” Continue Reading →

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Administrator Susan Weisselberg named governor’s deputy budget director

An administrator for the New Haven public school system will become the new deputy budget director for Gov. Dannel P. Malloy later this month. Susan Weisselberg, who also has served as chief legal counsel to the state House Democratic Caucus, will succeed Karen Buffkin as deputy secretary of the Office of Policy and Management on Jan. 26.
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Malloy taps Ojakian, Barnes and two commissioners for 2nd terms

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy announced Thursday that Chief of Staff Mark Ojakian, budget director Benjamin Barnes, Department of Economic and Community Development Commissioner Catherine Smith and Department of Revenue Services Commissioner Kevin B. Sullivan all will return. Continue Reading →

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Budget chief: Some tax cuts may have to wait; CT colleges likely to face cuts

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy’s budget director acknowledged Monday there’s little likelihood all of the tax relief promised on the campaign trail can be provided in the next state budget, which faces a major deficit projection. And while the governor promised new tax relief for college graduates struggling with student loan debt, budget director Benjamin Barnes said Connecticut’s public colleges and universities probably won’t be spared emergency budget cuts due out this week. Continue Reading →

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Connecticut plans to launch open data portal

Every time an inmate enters or leaves a correction facility in Connecticut, a database is updated so the state has an accurate count of its incarcerated population. And each day, those numbers are used to produce a chart on the state’s website. It’s one of the few state “datasets” that is updated daily for the public. But it takes persistence to find the chart because it’s buried on the website of the state’s Office of Policy and Management (OPM), and it exists nowhere else, including on other government websites with state criminal justice data. Continue Reading →

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