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GOP, Dems both lack solution to CT’s cycle of budget deficits

Neither Republican nor Democratic legislators' latest budget plans would spare Connecticut from grappling with another massive budget deficit two years from now, according to nonpartisan analysts.

Published on 21 September 2017 | 9:00 am

State office complex named for Grasso and Fauliso

A two-building state office complex in downtown Hartford was dedicated Thursday in the names of Gov. Ella T. Grasso and Lt. Gov. Joseph J. Fauliso, friends and political allies over long and storied careers in Connecticut politics.

Published on 20 September 2017 | 10:12 pm

Bipartisan budget talks take back seat to partisan sniping

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy Wednesday called the Republican budget a "hot mess" that deals a body blow to education in Connecticut. One Republican responded by questioning the governor's grasp of reality. Another says UConn's president needs to stop "bellyaching." It does not bode well for budget talks Friday.

Published on 20 September 2017 | 9:34 pm

State education funding to be a battleground in budget dispute

Huge questions over how state aid for schools and state colleges ultimately will fare will be a critical focus of Democratic and Republican leaders as they grapple with reconciling their vastly different state budgets. Here are the critical differences in funding for schools and colleges that Democrats and Republicans must resolve.

Published on 20 September 2017 | 9:00 am

Counterattack at GOP effort to repeal public financing

Sen. Heather Somers, R-Groton, says she is grateful that she never ran for state office in the days before Connecticut’s public financing system, when a major portion of fundraising took place in Hartford and was geared to collecting checks from lobbyists and their clients. But that didn't stop her from voting Friday for a budget that would repeal the system.

Published on 20 September 2017 | 12:03 am

CT, 38 other states widen probe of opioid manufacturers, distributors

Attorneys general from 39 states, including Connecticut, have broadened an investigation into whether pharmaceutical manufacturers and distributors have played a role in the opioid epidemic. Connecticut Attorney General George Jepsen called it a "dramatic expansion and coordination of the investigations."

Published on 19 September 2017 | 9:56 pm

MGM pitches Bridgeport casino as feds delay tribes’ expansion

MGM Resorts International launched a glitzy new campaign Monday to expand into Connecticut, an effort that curiously coincides with the Trump administration, at least temporarily, halting the state’s two federally recognized tribes’ from building a casino in East Windsor to compete with a new MGM resort in Springfield, Mass. MGM is backed by mayors of New Haven and Bridgeport.

Published on 19 September 2017 | 12:46 am

Malloy: It’s time for ‘the courage to compromise’ on Connecticut’s budget

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy reaffirmed his opposition to the new state budget Monday and urged all sides to compromise on a new one. The Democratic governor said he probably would have to accept some proposals he opposes -- and the Republicans would, too.

Published on 18 September 2017 | 9:25 pm

Are ‘high’ standards hurting diversity among teachers?

Because candidates of color are less likely to get over the certification hurdles, states that have bet on improving education by “raising the bar” for entering teaching risk excluding teachers of color even as there has been heightened attention on the lack of diversity in the teaching profession.

Published on 17 September 2017 | 9:00 am

The budget clock ticks, political drama ensues, then … back to the drawing board

It was a week of suspense and anxiety, followed by a flurry of more suspense and more anxiety, followed by a night of high political drama -- and promise of a veto -- yet Connecticut is still waiting to see what a feverish effort to pass a state budget will produce.

Published on 17 September 2017 | 9:00 am

Rethinking the ‘infrastructure’ discussion amidst a blitz of hurricanes

Many experts say the disasters around Houston and along the crowded coasts of Florida reinforce the urgent idea that resilient infrastructure is needed more than ever, particularly as human-driven climate change helps drive extreme weather.

Published on 17 September 2017 | 8:55 am

A surprising day ends with GOP budget heading to Malloy — for a veto

Republican legislators sent their first state budget proposal to the governor's desk in decades early Saturday morning, capping a strange day that didn't move Connecticut any closer to a new fiscal plan, but raised new questions about the balance of power at the Capitol.

Published on 16 September 2017 | 7:41 am

CT ‘dreamers’ warily watch Congress on DACA legislation

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump has boosted the chance for permanent protection from deportation for 10,000 undocumented youth in Connecticut, but those youth are still wary because their future depends on a fractured Congress.

Published on 15 September 2017 | 11:19 pm

Trio of senators defect, vote with GOP to block Dems’ budget

Connecticut's state budget crisis grew exponentially more complicated Friday as three moderate Senate Democrats bolted their caucus and teamed with 18 Republicans to pass a GOP budget plan that Gov. Dannel P. Malloy vowed to veto as unbalanced and gimmick-ridden.

Published on 15 September 2017 | 9:02 pm

Millstone bill clears the Senate and goes to the House

A two-year political odyssey by Dominion Energy to convince the Connecticut General Assembly that its Millstone nuclear station needed new rules for selling electricity to remain economically viable neared an end Friday.

Published on 15 September 2017 | 8:07 pm

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