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Brian Lockhart covers the Connecticut General Assembly in Hartford

Cities and towns rally at capitol to oppose budget cuts and actually ask for more $$$

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The Connecticut Conference of Municipalities rounded up a hearing room full of municipal and school leaders, including Bridgeport Mayor Bill Finch, Stamford Mayor Dannel Malloy, New Haven Mayor John DeStefano and Hartford Mayor Eddie Perez, to decry proposed cuts in aid made by both Republican Gov. M. Jodi Rell and legislative Democrats. The gyst of […] [Read More]
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Lt. Governor Fedele mourns Italy earthquake victims

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Lt. Governor Michael Fedele of Stamford is proud of his Italian heritage and today issued a statement about the devastating earthquake that occurred in L’Aquila, which he said is about an hour from Minturno, where he was born and lived until the age of 3. “Minturno is only one hour away from L’Aquila, Italy but […] [Read More]
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Ned Lamont believes state Dems pulled trigger too soon on tax hikes

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I had an opportunity to speak today with Greenwich entrepreneur and millionaire Ned Lamont, the anti-Iraq War candidate who won the Democratic Party’s primary in 2006 against Stamford native U.S. Senator Joseph Lieberman but lost the general election. Lamont in recent months has been working behind the scenes with some folks in political and business […] [Read More]
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State Sen. L. Scott Frantz, the Mayor Mike Bloomberg of the General Assembly

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Legislators from both parties are beginning to volunteer cuts to their salaries or take at least a day without pay in the face of mounting budget deficits. But freshman Sen. L. Scott Frantz, R-Greenwich, is working without pay (around $30,000) or an expense allowance. And he said he’ll continue doing so for as long as […] [Read More]
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Dems side with Rell on eliminating Property Rights Ombudsman

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While the legislative Democrats’ budget preserves several of the agencies, commissions and “watch dogs” Republican Gov. M. Jodi Rell proposed cutting in her Feb. 4 budget, it appears the majority party agrees Connecticut does not need its own Property Rights Ombudsman. The fine print in the Democrats’ fiscal plan shows if adopted as proposed the […] [Read More]
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Did you guys forget that $1 billion dollar overhaul of the New Haven Rail Yard?

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The two year budget proposed Thursday by the legislature’s Democratic majority is missing a pretty big piece – money to fund the upgrade of the New Haven Rail Yard so it’s ready to maintain the fleet of 300 nice, shiny new Metro North cars arriving later this year. The project had its budget balloon from […] [Read More]
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Puzzler of the day

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So, you’re a Fairfield County Catholic pulling down a decent salary. And your household takes in at least $250,000 in annual income, which happens to be the starting point for legislative Democrats’ proposed income tax hikes. You’re still steaming at Sen. Andrew McDonald, D-Stamford, for that whole “interfering with parish finances” thing he tried to […] [Read More]
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Did you get your ticket to “Phantom”?

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During her press conference today condemning the legislative Democrats’ budget proposal, Gov. M. Jodi Rell made a scripted joke about aspects of the two-year plan her administration believes are at best unrealistic. First she referenced the fact that the long-running “The Phantom of the Opera” musical is opening soon in Hartford. Then she delivered the […] [Read More]
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Fairfield County Dems already starting to fight against party budget

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The ink on the Democrats’ budget proposal isn’t even dry, but a few caucus members from lower Fairfield County are among the first signaling their opposition to the proposed tax increases. Rep. Christopher Perone, D-Norwalk, a Finance Committee vice-chairman, joined with committee Republicans in voting against the two-year fiscal plan this afternoon. The majority party’s […] [Read More]
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Democrats want to make it more expensive to smoke AND to try and quit

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There’s already a ton of stuff in the Democratic budget proposal worth writing about and that’s before having reviewed the full document. But I’ve got to say I found interesting a recommendation to create two additional revenue sources out of people who smoke. The first proposal would increase the tax on a pack of cigarettes […] [Read More]
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