Approps Co-Chair suggests lumping UConn into the governor’s proposed consolidation of CSU/Comm-Tech Colleges

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  Rep. Toni Walker, D-New Haven, co-chairwoman of the Appropriations Committee, suggested this morning that if Gov. Dannel P. Malloy wants to overhaul the state’s higher-education system, the University of Connecticut should also be included under a new Board of Regents.  Malloy has proposed combining the administration of the Connecticut State University System and the […] [Read More]

Malloy hangs with his Floridian counterpart on CNN’s “State of the Union”

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This is the transcript from Democratic Gov. Dannel Malloy’s appearance with his Republican counterpart Gov. Rick Scott of Florida this morning on CNN’s State of the Union. The news network’s veteran Candy Crowley was the referee. CROWLEY: In state capitols across the country, 2012 is likely to be the most difficult budget year on record. 45 states […] [Read More]

Finch misses photo op/news conference at U.S. Conference of Mayors

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Bridgeport Mayor Bill Finch attended the USCM meeting in Washington this week, but apparently didn’t make the post-mortem news conference, in which Republican and Democratic mayors alike criticized the Republican majority in the US House for their plans to cut funding to cities. One of the best moments in the newser occurred when a skeptical reporter […] [Read More]

Connecticut unions, seeing red (and white) will gather at state Capitol on Saturday to jeer Wisconsin Republicans and “Save the American Dream”

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Here’s a notice that has been sent out to members of the Association of Retired Teachers of Connecticut, about the big rally scheduled for Saturday at the state Capitol. It will be a follow-up demonstration to the “solidarity” rally from the other day in which 500 union members and supporters protested the GOP attacks on […] [Read More]

Gov. Malloy to commissioners: My way or the highway

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  Gov. Dannel Malloy invited reporters to attend the first meeting of his commissioners since announcing his budget this month, then scared them off with wonkish presentations from the Department of Children and Families and the Department of Banking.  But first, Malloy told the 55 people jammed into a tiny fourth-floor meeting room in the […] [Read More]
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Malloy: enough already with the border war inflammation

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      A late-to-the-party TV reporter tried to get another whack at the border-way story between Gov. Dannel Malloy and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, the Republican darling.  During the usual news conference after the State Bond Commission this morning, Malloy told reporters gathered in the Atrium at the Legislative Office Building that he wasn’t […] [Read More]

National political analyst has warning for Malloy

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Stuart Rothenberg, publisher and chief analyst of the Rothenberg Political Report, a nationally respect non-partisan newsletter on state and national politics, said Wednesday that Gov. Dannel Malloy’s elevated visibility shows Democrats may be pushing back against aggressive Republican budget cutters and anti-union tactics.  But with Connecticut’s massive budget problems – a $3.2 billion shortfall in the […] [Read More]

Unions want higher taxes on the wealthy. Malloy is otherwise

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Malloy said his 6.7 percent income-tax ceiling is appropriate. “Let’s remember that we raised the rate by a full percent 17 months, ago, 18 months ago,” Malloy told reporters Wednesday. “We have a number of other taxes that will affect high wage earners. I’ve spoken about that in the past. An additional sales on vehicles […] [Read More]
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Malloy, in Torrington City Hall on Thursday night “to annoy everybody,” will be shorter

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Asked whether he’s gone to school on his Bridgeport town hall-style meeting from Monday night, Gov. Dannel P. Malloy told reporters Wednesday that he’ll try to cut his 20-minute budget pitch down to 15 minutes. “Listen, I understand that people aren’t necessarily going to agree with this budget. In fact, I’m in a world where […] [Read More]
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Winter’s end in sight, DOT chief Jeff Parker resigns effective March 8

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  From the governor’s press office:  “The Governor thanks Commissioner Parker for all of his work and service to the Department and wishes him all the best going forward.” Here’s his letter of resignation DOTparkerresignationletter [Read More]