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Brian Lockhart covers the Connecticut General Assembly in Hartford

Unitary tax

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A source at the capitol said there is talk legislative Democrats Thursday will propose a unitary tax on corporations as a highlight of their two-year budget proposal and one means of addressing the gaping budget deficit. There are a lot of rumors about what taxes the Democrats want to raise or what tax exemptions they […] [Read More]
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So THAT’S why the Democrats want more control of stimulus spending

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Last week I wrote about a bill, proposed by Senate Majority Leader Martin Looney, D-New Haven, that would essentially provide the Democratic-majority General Assembly a greater say in how the state distributes federal stimulus money. Currently that power, as outlined in the federal stimulus regulations, lies with Republican Gov. M. Jodi Rell. She in turn […] [Read More]
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Senate President gives Fairfield County biz leaders a talkin’ to

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Senate President Donald Williams, D-Brooklyn, was sort of tossed to the lions today when House Speaker Christopher Donovan, D-Meriden couldn’t join him at the Business Council of Fairfield County’s legislative breakfast. There’s already a general impression among many folks and businessmen/women in Southwestern Connecticut that Democratic leadership in Hartford sees the region as nothing but […] [Read More]
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Hmmm. I wonder why Fairfield County businessmen and women are so concerned about marijuana laws?

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The Business Council of Fairfield County held its annual legislative breakfast this morning. Senate President Donald Williams, D-Brooklyn, Sen. Minority Leader John McKinney, R-Fairfield and House Minority Leader Lawrence Cafero, R-Norwalk spent time fielding questions from Joe McGee, the council’s vice president of public policy. As expected much of the discussion focused on how lawmakers […] [Read More]
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Legislative Democrats to release budget in one week

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Senate President Donald Williams, D-Brooklyn, today said the co-chairs of the Appropriations and Finance, Revenue and Bonding committees are on schedule to deliver a two year budget proposal next Thursday. “This will be the first time Connecticut families will see what a truly balanced budget looks like,” Williams added, taking a shot at Republican Gov. […] [Read More]
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Lack of communication in the state legislature

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It was hard to sit through yesterday’s hearing on the AIG bonuses and not be reminded of the controversy surrounding a bill from earlier this month to change financial oversight within Catholic parishes. In the case of the latter, Republicans on the legislature’s Judiciary Committee were angry with their co-chairs – Sen. Andrew McDonald, D-Stamford […] [Read More]
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Rell budget director to Office of Fiscal Analysis: You guys couldn’t calculate yourselves out of a paper bag!

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While most of the capitol was focused on the Banks Committee’s hearing on the AIG bonuses today, Republican Gov. M. Jodi Rell and state budget czar Robert Genuario of Norwalk slipped out a significant press release. The two announced that they now believe state revenues have deteriorated to the point the projected budget deficit for […] [Read More]
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Bob Duff + AIG subpoenas = Geraldo + Capone’s vault?

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House Minority Leader Lawrence Cafero, R-Norwalk, has been critical of the decision by Sen. Bob Duff, D-Norwalk, a Banks Committee co-chairman, to subpoena lower Fairfield County residents thought to have gotten a piece of the AIG bonus pie. It was announced today the Banks Committee has agreed to instead allow AIG to send an executive […] [Read More]
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Democratic leaders still hoping to reach budget deal by July 1

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As noted in previous blog posts, the Democratic-majority General Assembly and Republican Gov. M. Jodi Rell are technically supposed to reach a deal on a new, two-year budget by July 1, the start of the 2009-10 fiscal year. And that’s being generous. Really a deal should be reached by the end of the regular session […] [Read More]
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Dems need more time to hunt for spare change

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Remember the $1.6 billion worth of appropriated but unspent funds legislative Democrats hoped they could use to help off-set at least $220 million worth of the current fiscal year’s deficit? Turns out they need a little more time. In a letter this afternoon to Senate President Donald Williams, D-Brooklyn and House Speaker Christopher Donovan, D-Meriden, […] [Read More]
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