The Democratic-controlled Senate voted 22-13 along party lines to approve the contracts, which cover about 46,000 workers.
Social service agencies see big raises for unions and ask: Why not us?
As state budget talks wind down, CT nonprofits ask why a $72 million proposal to help their industry, which employs 115,000, is bogged down.
Surging revenues could solve Democrats’ tax-cutting dilemma
Lamont and legislators could have a budget deal hammered out over the weekend.
House passes raises, bonuses for CT state employees
The Democrat-controlled House voted 96-52 to approve the contracts after a 4-hour debate. The Senate is expected to ratify the deal Friday.
GOP pitches income tax cut, says CT can’t sit on $7 billion in reserves
Republican lawmakers unveiled a $1.2 billion tax relief plan, including what would be the first income tax rate reduction in 27 years.
CT budget surplus nears $4 billion; lawmakers push for tax relief
With almost $7 billion in budget reserves, CT legislators are waiting impatiently for Gov. Ned Lamont to agree on a child tax credit.
An unusual event: CT legislature to vote on raises for state workers
Top legislative leaders announced they expect to wrap voting on a major new package of raises and bonuses for state employees by week’s end.
Budget panel endorses raises, bonuses for CT state workers
The Appropriations Committee endorsed raises and bonuses that would boost compensation for most state employees by 7% this year.
Budget panel braces for intense hearing on CT employee raises and bonuses
The Appropriations Committee hearing will address an issue that has polarized the General Assembly, labor and taxpayer advocacy groups.
Report: State workers’ raises would cost almost $1.9 billion over four years
The package, which would force CT to draw almost $300 million from its reserves, is expected to come under fire from Republican lawmakers.
Lamont urges lawmakers not to overreach on tax cuts
Gov. Ned Lamont advised lawmakers to “follow the rules of the road” by sticking with budgetary safety net they established in 2017.
Committee passes $24.2 billion budget to push CT past pandemic
The plan makes unprecedented new investments in child care while fully funding the state’s contracting watchdog agency for the first time.
Tax relief expected to dominate CT legislature’s budget plan this week
Lawmakers are expected to endorse income tax cuts for the working poor and middle class, as well as a new child tax credit.
One year’s CT budget surplus could top entire rainy day fund
State officials are feeling the pressure to share CT’s swelling budget reserves with struggling households and businesses.
Best, or worst, of times? The battle to frame CT’s finances is underway
As elections near, the battle to frame CT’s financial situation — as the best of times or the worst of times — is expected to intensify.