Monthly Archive for June, 2009

: June, 2009

Dear legislative Republicans: Please make up your minds about President Obama

During yesterday’s budget debate in the Senate, at least one Republican in making the case against the Democratic majority’s tax increases, argued even Democratic President Barack Obama has been

“Got … to … make it … one more … day … for the kids…”

Sen. Andrew Roraback, R-Goshen, had one of the better lines during today’s budget debate in the state Senate. Roraback was criticizing a Democratic proposal to levy a 30 percent surcharge on the

Senate scheduled to vote on budget tommorrow that sweetens the pot for Stamford lawmakers

Derek Slap, a spokesman for Senate Democrats, said this afternoon that chamber of the legislature will convene tomorrow at 11 a.m. to vote on the Democratic majority’s budget proposal. I understand

Retired Sen. Nickerson joins former legislative colleagues in pressuring Senate Democrats to investigate their own

Former Sen. William Nickerson, R-Greenwich, who did not seek re-election last November, emerged from retirement today to become embroiled in the ongoing debate at the capitol over what the Senate

Date for state budget vote still up in the air

There has been talk that the General Assembly will  convene on Thursday so the Democratic-majority can run a budget, even if it’s a plan Republican Gov. M. Jodi Rell will veto. But Sen. Eileen Daily,

When hiking the sales tax on cigarettes just comes naturally

During a break in today’s legislative session I followed Sen. Eileen Daily, D-Westbrook, a chairman of the Finance, Revenue and Bonding Committee outside of the capitol. She wanted a cigarette and I

Dems may bump up starting household income for income tax hike

During an interview with reporters earlier today, state Senate President Donald Williams, D-Brooklyn, was asked for details about the income tax increases his party is pursuing in the legislature as

Wright Tech students and parents protesting at the capitol

Around a dozen students from J.M. Wright Technical School and their parents are at the capitol today to protest Republican Gov. M. Jodi Rell’s proposed closure of the vocational school while

Hartford Courant scrutinizes hiring of Lt. Governor Fedele’s nephew as state marshal

The Hartford Courant takes a critical look today at the process used to appoint 21 new state marshals earlier this year, including a name probably familiar to some Advocate readers – John Corelli, a

Dems alter tax strategy, narrow targets, hope to change budget debate

Legislative Democrats today announced the revenue side of their new two-year budget proposal preserves a $500 property tax credit that was eliminated in the package they released earlier this spring