Budget Battle Goes Surreal. Would Rell Not Sign A Budget Into Law?

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Remember that $520 million in spending cuts Gov. Rell required of majority Democrats if she were to buy into $710 million in new taxes, including a 33-percent increase on those with the highest incomes in Connecticut? Well the Dems have fallen far short of that, putting whatever bipartisan budget deal could be in jeopardy. House […] [Read More]
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Give Up On Getting a New Budget By September First: Deal Depends on Democrats Scrounging Up $520 Million in Spending Cuts

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The Blogster’s training and experience is telling him that even though Gov. Joi Rell caved on added taxes for the state’s wealthiest, Democrats will just not come up with a requisite $520 million in spending cuts in time to vote a budget on Monday or Tuesday. The majority Ds tossed out a little distraction yesterdayover […] [Read More]
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Kill The “Death Tax,” Starve The Near-Bankrupt Probate Courts

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Legislative Democrats in the know say that Gov. Jodi Rell wandered into the land of unintended consequences when she proposed eliminating the inheritance tax, which kicks in on estates larger than $2 million and can reach 16 percent on estates larger than $10 million.  On the face of it, the proposal seemed like a 2009 […] [Read More]
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OFA to Battling Budgeteers in Oz: “These Things are Delicate, My Little Pretty…”

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Back at the start of this never-ending year of budget haggling, the nonpartisan legislative Office of Fiscal Analysis correctly pegged the two-year fiscal deficit at about $8.8 billion. So they’re not exactly the Wicked Witch of the West side of the Capitol complex today, when they’ve noticed that Gov. Jodi Rell’s newest proposed budget, in […] [Read More]
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Dodd Chokes Up Over Ted Kennedy’s Death

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 Here are some stray quotes from Sen. Chris Dodd’s news conference in East Haddam this afternoon on the death of Sen. Ted Kennedy. “He fought like a lion this last year. He got the mental-health parity bill done, we got the tobacco bill done, we got the national service bill done, we marked up the health […] [Read More]
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Is Rell Gonna Finally Belly Up? Budget Announcement Pending This Morning

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Amid all the anticipation yesterday for a long-in-the-waiting budget deal between majority Democrats and Republican Gov. Jodi Rell, there was some kind of disconnect. While majority leaders said they were hopeful for compromise, Rell made her staff pull back late in the afternoon. It’s 10 o’clock on Wednesday and Rell has scheduled a 10:30 news conference […] [Read More]
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Are The Tea Leaves Lining Up? Check Your Office Pool! Rell, Dems, May Be Inching (Finally) Toward A Budget Deal

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The Blogster doesn’t want to spoil a surprise, or even curse the darkness, but the possibility of rolling through the first quarter of the 2009-10 fiscal year without a budget might finally be having an effect on the insulated governor and leaders of the General Assembly. Majority Democrats this afternoon may threaten to run a budget […] [Read More]
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Darien-Based Friends of Animals Is Fried About Idaho Wolf Hunt

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Now could be the time to buy local spuds, since it’s the start of the Connecticut harvest season and Friends of Animals, Inc., wants you to boycott Idaho potatoes after Gov. Butch Otter (don’t you think he’d be in favor of animals keeping their pelts?) endorsed – and plans to participate in – a so-called “trophy […] [Read More]
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Malloy Dodges Bullet on Millionaire’s Tax

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Dan Malloy, the Democratic Stamford mayor and gubernatorial explorer, was just up in the Capitol complex blasting Gov. Jodi Rell’s alleged neglect of the 300 non-profit providers who help half a million state residents cope with everything from mental illness to Alzheimer’s and autism. Inevitably, the news conference steered to the current budget mess. “I […] [Read More]
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McKinney Files For Marriage Dissolution

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Records in the state Judicial Branch indicate that earlier this month, Senate Minority Leader John McKinney became the plaintiff in a marriage- dissolution case with his wife Megan. McKinney recently dropped his anticipated campaign for the Fourth Congressional District seat occupied by U.S. Rep. Jim Himes because he wanted to spend more time with his […] [Read More]
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