If union deal is close, McKinney says hold off on budget vote until it’s a reality

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Mark Ojakian, Gov. Dannel Malloy’s chief negotiator with state unions over $2 billion in savings and concessions, told reporters this morning that he believes the deal can be reached by next week, before layoff notices are sent to thousands of state employees. Senate Minority Leader John McKinney, R-Fairfield, responds that the budget votes being pondered […] [Read More]

Who’s gonna be under more pressure than Sen. Joe (“My analysis is ongoing”) Crisco on the day of the budget vote?

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The Blogster just dove into the Blog-o-rama archives to sort out the relationship between veteran Sen. Joe Crisco, D-Woodbridge and the pending budget vote, which can come as soon as early next week. Chris Healy, state GOP chairman, said yesterday that Crisco, in his attempt to win re-election signed a “no new taxes pledge” last […] [Read More]

Norwalk woman and young son lobby lawmakers for paid sick leave

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  Single mom Kerry Florio, 26, of Norwalk and her 14-month-old son Erik joined activists from throughout the state on Thursday, lobbying lawmakers in the Capitol complex in attempt to push the so-called paid-sick-days law over the finish line in the waning weeks of the Legislature.  A unit secretary at Norwalk Hospital, the George Washington […] [Read More]

Lawlor, on WNPR, says CT could save half the cost of mentally ill inmates if there were proper hospital beds

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Michael P. Lawlor, the governor’s under secretary for criminal justice policy, is on WNPR’s “Where We Live,” talking about how if the front-line police had a place to send mentally ill rather than into the justice system, many offenders would be eligible for Medicaid, meaning the state would get a 50-percent federal reimbursement. If they’re in prison, […] [Read More]

Heavy lifting over, lawmakers now in full gush on “Huskies Day”

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The House moved some bills, the Senate moved some bills. None of it was more than vaguely newsworthy. But the House and Senate got to share the partially diminished limelight with the UConn football and men’s and women’s basketball teams, at the taxpayer’s expense of a session day when the state deficit is between $3.2 and […] [Read More]

Bill would let bicycles cross Housatonic RR tracks in New Milford’s Sega Meadows

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  HARTFORD – As soon as this spring, bicyclists would be allowed to cross the Housatonic Railroad tracks in New Milford’s Sega Meadows Park, under legislation that was unanimously approved Wednesday morning in the House of Representatives.   The bill moves next to the Senate.  If approved there and signed into law by the governor, […] [Read More]

Committee kills Internet bill that would have hit CT newspapers

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The Government Administration & Elections Committee just gave state newspapers a chance for a little more revenue, when it declined to take up a bill that would have allowed municipalities to put legal notices on their websites rather than pay for newspaper legal ads. It’s a victory for the Connecticut Daily Newspaper Association. The bill […] [Read More]

Tulips march on. Capitol will be in full-dog frenzy today.

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Yep, it’s Husky Day in the Capitol, a time for dorky lawmakers to bask in some athletic glow that, judging by the crew up here, very few ever enjoyed in their youth. Maybe Sen. Len Fasano, R-North Haven, a football star at Yale back in the day, could put it in the right perspective. The full […] [Read More]

Paid-sick leave set for approval in Judiciary Committee. Malloy hasn’t planned to lobby the Senate

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The Judiciary Committee is poised this afternoon to approve paid sick leave for restaurants and businesses that employ 50 or more. The House will most likely pass it easily. The Senate is more uncertain, however. Gov. Dannel Malloy, who favors the bill, just told reporters that he hasn’t planned to lobby the Senate. “It’s the […] [Read More]

Do you know where you are? Try CTvisit.com

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  Governor Malloy has announced the re-launch of the state’s new official tourism sitenew CTvisit.com, the state’s official tourism website.  “The new CTvisit.com promotes our state’s authentic New England experiences juxtaposed with its vibrant cultural landscape,” said Kip Bergstrom, Executive Director of the Connecticut Commission on Culture & Tourism (CCT). [Read More]
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