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Brian Lockhart covers the Connecticut General Assembly in Hartford

At least Rell is willing to talk about something

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Republican Gov. M. Jodi Rell has gotten a fair share of criticism for pledging so far unspecified deep cuts across state government to address the budget hole. But to be fair, at least she’s offering something. Trying to get Democratic leaders to put forth their budget agenda has so far been next to impossible. Over […] [Read More]
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But will her performance be eligible for a state film tax credit?

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Republican Gov. M. Jodi Rell is doing something a little unusual Monday night. She is asking the state’s television networks to broadcast a live, five minute address just after 6 p.m. The state is facing a deficit in the billions and Rell is scheduled next Wednesday to deliver what she promises to be a sobering […] [Read More]
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Gov. Rell a no show at state bond commission meeting

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The state bond commission met this morning to authorize borrowing $525 million for a variety of capitol projects which Republican Gov. M. Jodi Rell a few weeks ago proposed as a means of jump starting the state’s economy. But Rell herself, who sets the commission’s agenda and typically chairs its monthly meetings, was a no […] [Read More]
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Farrell’s job with Export-Import Bank secure through 2011

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Former Westport First Selectwoman Diane Farrell, a Democrat who in 2007 was nominated by President Bush to the board of directors of the Export-Import Bank of the United States, said today her job is secure despite the turn-over in the White House. “My term runs through 2011. I feel very lucky. I don’t go through […] [Read More]
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Here’s that poll from the unions…

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… mentioned in the prior post. [Read More]
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State lawmakers giving Hollywood execs the shivers

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And here’s a perfect example why you need more than just one or two newspapers covering the capitol. I’ve been writing a lot about the future of the state’s film tax credits considering the current budget crisis. But eagle-eyed fellow reporter Ted Mann at The Day of New London spied a major bill I missed […] [Read More]
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Unions planning to fight cuts with poll

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From what I’ve heard, tomorrow (Thursday) some of the state’s employee unions are going to release the results of a recent poll asking taxpayers how they feel about “slashing” public services to address the budget deficits. The unions are fighting anticipated cuts by Republican Gov. M. Jodi Rell, who has promised to unveil a painful […] [Read More]
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Governor Rell officially puts early retirements on table

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The State Employees Bargaining Agent Coalition just posted on its website a summary of today’s budget talks with Republican Gov. M. Jodi Rell’s administration. The Governor and General Assembly face a nearly $1 billion shortfall this fiscal year and must craft a new two-year spending plan in the face of a potential, $8 billion budget […] [Read More]
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Stamford Mayor Dannel Malloy and Hartford’s Eddie Perez

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As the story of the arrest of Hartford Mayor Eddie Perez unfolded today, I recalled he had been a staunch ally of Stamford Mayor Dannel Malloy during the 2006 Democratic gubernatorial primary. I wasn’t covering state politics at the time. But it didn’t take long to find proof on the web. First there was this, […] [Read More]
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Something tells me Stamford lawmakers don’t trust the DOT

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Despite assurances from Department of Transportation Commissioner Joseph Marie the state WILL find parking spaces for commuters when work proceeds on a new Stamford train station garage, the city’s legislative delegation has submitted a bill to put that pledge into law. [Read More]
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