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Malloy on budget deadlock: ‘This is a failure of the legislature’

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy excoriated the General Assembly on Thursday for failing to vote on even a provisional budget, saving his greatest scorn for the House leadership and any rank-and-file member absent from Connecticut as the fiscal year nears its end Friday. Continue Reading →

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Murphy hopes to amend education bill to address civil rights concerns

WASHINGTON – Sen. Chris Murphy hopes to amend a new federal education bill so that problem schools and under-performing students could be more clearly identified — and given the help they need. The new bill before the Senate would replace the controversial No Child Left Behind Act. Continue Reading →

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CT never looked for teacher’s pension beneficiary owed $192K

The state hasn’t looked for five years for a teacher’s pension beneficiary owed $192,000, the state auditors reported Thursday. In a letter to Gov. Dannel P. Malloy, Auditors Robert M. Ward and John C. Geragosian also wrote they fear other beneficiaries have not received funds because of one agency’s longstanding failure to collect sufficient contact information.
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GOP budget scraps Malloy’s gimmicks, rebate — and credit for poor

Minority Republican state legislators pitched an alternative budget Thursday that weeded hundreds of millions of dollars out of gimmicks from Gov. Dannel P. Malloy’s plan and canceled the governor’s controversial rebate. Continue Reading →

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Teacher evaluations: Too much science, not enough art?

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FAIRFIELD — As teacher Alison Taylor conducts a poetry lesson for her third-graders, veteran principal Jason Bluestein watches and listens closely, scratching notes into a spiral notebook – a process he will repeat again and again this year, more often than ever before. Continue Reading →

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Malloy offers lean $19 billion re-election year budget

Updated at 2:02 p.m.: Gov. Dannel P. Malloy offered a $19 billion budget Wednesday that — among many other proposals — would give tax breaks to middle-income households, consumers and towns while limiting spending growth to just under 3 percent. Continue Reading →

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Malloy offers modest tax breaks for retired CT teachers, consumers

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy proposed a second round of tax cuts Friday, including a new income tax break for retired teachers that could provide a strategic edge in his re-election bid.

The governor also backed a sales tax exemption for non-prescription medications, an insurance premium break for cities and towns, extending a credit for business investors and a two-day state park fee holiday.

These breaks, worth about $52 million in the fiscal year that begins July 1, would be in addition to the $155 million sales and gasoline tax rebate Malloy unveiled Thursday. Continue Reading →

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