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Ken Dixon

Republican gubernatorial hopeful John McKinney this morning will unveil plan to eliminate income taxes for middle-income earners

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As the August 12 Republican gubernatorial primary inches closer, Senate Minority Leader John McKinney of Fairfield this morning will continue to attempt to underscore the differences between he and Tom Foley of Greenwich, during a scheduled 11 a.m. news conference in Stratford called “putting taxpayers first.” McKinney and his lieutenant governor running mate, Dave Walker […] [Read More]
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Connecticut’s General Obligation Bond ratings stay steady

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  Ben Barnes, secretary of the Office of Policy and Management, who is Gov. Malloy’s budget czar, on the state’s continued ratings in the New York bond market: “The fact that all of the rating agencies reaffirmed their ratings is a good sign that the state is moving in the right direction. By contrast, some […] [Read More]
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State auditors critical of state Public Safety management

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The Auditors of Public Accounts this morning released a 40-page review of the state Department of Public Safety for the years ending in 2011.  The agency is now called the Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection. Here are the top two of 21 recommendations: “1. The Department of Public Safety should strengthen internal controls […] [Read More]
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Do you owe money? Ha! Of course you do. But Connecticut doesn’t have it as bad as other states

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Here’s the PDF from the Urban Institute: http://www.urban.org/UploadedPDF/413191-Delinquent-Debt-in-America.pdf   Here is the analysis from Wall Street 24/7 showing that Connecticut ranks in the bottom 10 states where people have debt problems. http://247wallst.com/economy/2014/07/29/states-where-people-have-the-fewest-debt-problems/     [Read More]
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Better come early! Free entry in Connecticut state parks this weekend

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HAMDEN — Gov. Dannel P. Malloy this morning chose Sleeping Giant State Park as the site to announce that in celebration of the 100th anniversary of Connecticut state parks, entry and parking fees will be waived this weekend at the 26 parks and three museums that usually charge visitors. It doesn’t apply to camping fees. […] [Read More]
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Kristjan Ndoj.

State offers $50K award for information on Shelton teen’s murder

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The state announced today that a reward of up to $50,000 will be given to people with information leading to an arrest and conviction in the murder of Kristjan Ndoj, 15, of Shelton, who was shot May 15 in the driveway of friend’s home. The $50,000 reward is the maximum allowed under state law and […] [Read More]
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Russell Peeler, who ordered “depraved” ’99 execution of Bridgeport mother and son, appeals “cruel” death penalty

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The Superior Court criminal and penalty-phase juries called the 1999 murders of Karen Clarke and her son B.J. Brown, 8, “heinous, cruel, depraved.” Now, Russell Peeler, 42, the former Bridgeport gangster on Death Row, is claiming that capital punishment is “cruel and unusual.” In a case with huge ramifications, especially for the dozen men awaiting […] [Read More]
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Life is a beach. All Connecticut bathing beaches are open: DEEP

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The Department of Energy and Environmental Protection this morning reports that all state beaches, whether at lakes, ponds or along Long Island Sound, are open and the water is clean enough to swim.   [Read More]
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Open Sesame! Open Data Advisory Panel gathers on Wednesday

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The Open Data Advisory Panel, created by Gov. Malloy to advise on the goals of the state’s new open-data portal, will have its inaugural gathering on Wednesday at 1 o’clock in Room 1-B of the Legislative Office Building. “Making more data publicly available not only makes government more transparent, it also creates an opportunity for innovation […] [Read More]
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Gov Malloy, Mr. Hurricane to you, is monitoring Arthur

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Governor Dannel P. Malloy, whose three-and-a-half years in office have been marred by one nasty weather event after another, says the Division of Emergency Management and Homeland Security (DEMHS) is monitoring Tropical Storm Arthur.   “Although the latest forecast does not have Arthur severely impacting the state, we need to continue to monitor the storm’s […] [Read More]
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