CCAG hammers Republican budget

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The atmosphere in the Capitol has been collegial this afternoon, following the release of the Republicans’ “Blueprint for Prosperity” budget. But here’s this slam from Tom Swan, executive director of the Connecticut Citizen Action Group, who has been focused on a bill that would penalize big chains for paying low wages. “While we were encouraged that […] [Read More]
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Budget deal set for Approps vote Monday

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The Appropriations Committee will vote Monday on HB 6824 “AAC the State Budget for the Biennium Ending June Thirtieth 2017, and Making Appropriations Therefor and Other Provisions Related to Revenue.” The committee will convene at 10 and immediately break for caucuses. They’ll gather again at 12:30 to debate and vote in Room 2-C. [Read More]
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They’re back!

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Minority Republicans tomorrow will unveil their alternative budget, during an 11 o’clock news conference in the Legislative Office Building. This year’s version is called Blueprint for Prosperity and it will be the product of weeks of behind the scenes projections, estimates and priorities. House Minority Leader Themis Klarides, R-Derby, with join Senate Minority Leader Len Fasano, […] [Read More]
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On Earth Day, House passes LIS “Blue” plan

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In a general gauge of its lack of controversy, the House this afternoon unanimously approved the governor’s Blue Plan for Long Island Sound. The bill, which next heads to the Senate, includes plans for a thorough mapping of the Sound, in conjunction with a similar plan over in New York State. “To build a brighter […] [Read More]
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Budget is a precarious balancing act

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HARTFORD – Benjamin Barnes, secretary of the Office of Policy and Management, made his pitch yesterday to the budget-setting Appropriations Committee on where to fill the $178.9-million deficit in the budget that runs through June 30. The shortfalls include $108 million in the Department of Social Services’ Medicaid account, $5 million in the Department of […] [Read More]
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State Treasurer, Malloy’s budget chief, differ on bill

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HARTFORD – The governor’s budget chief says it would cost the state hundreds of millions of dollars, but State Treasurer Denise Nappier said this morning that an option in the sale of bonds could save Connecticut even more in the long run. During a public hearing before the tax-writing Finance, Revenue & Bonding Committee, Nappier […] [Read More]
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Unpaid interns would be able to sue over harassment, discrimination

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HARTFORD – Unpaid interns would be allowed to file lawsuits over workplace harassment and discrimination, under a bill that won approval in the Judiciary Committee on Monday and heads to the Senate. Committee members said that currently, no such protections exist for interns. Under the legislation, which passed unanimously, unpaid interns would be allowed to […] [Read More]
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Dirt bikes, ATVs would find a home on the range

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  HARTFORD – Riders of dirt bikes and All-Terrain Vehicles (ATVs) who have been targets of complaints and local laws against them for years, would finally be allowed to legally ride in public parks under a bill that passed the Judiciary Committee on Monday. It next heads to the Senate. The bill would allow dirt […] [Read More]
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