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On Day 41 without a budget: New bus service to UConn

New bus service from Hartford to UConn underscores two things: One, going 41 days without a budget has not created a daily sense of crisis in Connecticut, where state offices, parks and beaches remain open. And two, not all spending is jeopardized by ongoing talks seeking sufficient spending cuts and revenue increases to close a $2.3 billion deficit. Continue Reading →

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Salaries, fringe benefits driving tuition hikes at CT public colleges

Top financial officials from Connecticut’s two major public college systems told legislators Friday that rising fringe benefit costs and mandated employee salary increases are key driving forces behind tuition hikes. Continue Reading →

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Eyeing revenue, UConn keeps separate Hartford business campus

The University of Connecticut will keep its Hartford-based graduate business programs at Constitution Plaza, scrapping plans to consolidate at a single downtown campus next year. The decision allows the already profitable programs to continue expanding, the university said. Continue Reading →

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Legislative leaders call UConn ‘tone deaf’ over raises for top staff

Legislative leaders Thursday blasted hefty pay increases University of Connecticut President Susan Herbst awarded to four senior staff members as the state and public university grapple with big budget cuts. Continue Reading →

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Measure strips $1B in bonded projects off of CT’s credit card

The Senate voted late Thursday rebalance Connecticut’s credit card in the face of shrinking tax revenues, canceling or delaying about $1 billion in financing for a wide array of projects and programs, and to authorize $380 for municipal school construction, down significantly from recent years. Continue Reading →

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UConn Health weighing down university’s research ranking

Despite big infusions of funding, UConn’s overall ability to attract outside research grants has grown at a snail’s pace over the last 10 years, and its national ranking for research has actually fallen. The results have been very different, however, at the main campus in Storrs, where research activity has risen, and at the Health Center in Farmington, where it has dropped. This is the first story in a three-part series. Continue Reading →

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Malloy orders more cuts as lawmakers vow to close deficit by April 1

While legislators committed Wednesday to close a $220 million hole in state finances by March 31, Gov. Dannel P. Malloy ordered $79 million in emergency cuts, two-thirds of which hit social service agencies and education. Continue Reading →

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Malloy says layoffs, facility closings are unavoidable

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy jousted Wednesday night with state employees angry over his plans to shrink the state workforce and citizens frightened of what a smaller government will mean for disabled relatives dependent on state services. The governor offered little solace to either at his fourth town hall forum of the year. Continue Reading →

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Sharkey, Malloy clash over UConn deal, hospital cuts

House Speaker J. Brendan Sharkey, D-Hamden, and the administration of Gov. Dannel P. Malloy engaged in an extraordinary exchange of criticism Friday over two fiscal controversies, ratcheting up intra-party tensions over how to resolve a worsening budget shortfall. Continue Reading →

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Malloy urges rejecting UConn labor pact

After nudging legislators to reject a labor deal granting raises at the University of Connecticut, Gov. Dannel P. Malloy gave them a hard push Wednesday, publicly urging rejection of a contract the university negotiated with its Professional Employees Union. Senate leaders quickly indicated they will comply. Continue Reading →

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