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Brian Lockhart covers the Connecticut General Assembly in Hartford

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

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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 reluctant to raise taxes on the rich during the recession. But just a few minutes ago Rep. Vincent Candelora, R-North Branford, while criticizing the same budget […] [Read More]
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“Got … to … make it … one more … day … for the kids…”

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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 so-called “death tax” – the tax Connecticut imposes on estates of those who die worth over $2 million. Republicans generally don’t like the […] [Read More]
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Senate scheduled to vote on budget tommorrow that sweetens the pot for Stamford lawmakers

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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 the two-year package still includes income tax hikes on households earning over $500,000 but there is talk the amount of the increases may be […] [Read More]
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Retired Sen. Nickerson joins former legislative colleagues in pressuring Senate Democrats to investigate their own

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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 should do about two Democratic members guilty of election-law violations. In 2007 Nickerson served on a bi-partisan committee appointed by the Senate to consider punishing […] [Read More]
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Date for state budget vote still up in the air

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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, D-Westbrook and Rep. Cameron Staples, D-New Haven aren’t quite sure. And they should know since, as the co-chairs of the […] [Read More]
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When hiking the sales tax on cigarettes just comes naturally

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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 wanted the latest details on the Democrats’ tax proposals. Most of our conversation focused on income taxes, but I also asked Daily if […] [Read More]
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Dems may bump up starting household income for income tax hike

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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 part of its two-year budget package. Earlier in the spring Democratic leaders proposed a spending plan that included income tax hikes on households earning $250,000 […] [Read More]
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Wright Tech students and parents protesting at the capitol

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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 legislators are in Hartford for a special session. One of the better signs reads “Even the Governor Needs A Plumber.” In fact there is […] [Read More]
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Hartford Courant scrutinizes hiring of Lt. Governor Fedele’s nephew as state marshal

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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 former Stamford pastry chef and the nephew of Stamford resident Lt. Gov. Michael Fedele. It’s worth a read. [Read More]
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Dems alter tax strategy, narrow targets, hope to change budget debate

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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 and also does away with previously contemplated business taxes. The move seems calculated to win over more public support for something Democratic leaders have not […] [Read More]
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