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Brian Lockhart covers the Connecticut General Assembly in Hartford

State Treasurer to Lawmakers: No budget = bad credit

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In a letter to Republican Gov. M. Jodi Rell and legislative leaders, state Treasurer Denise Nappier today warned the continued lack of a two-year budget (the new, 2009-10 fiscal year began July 1) could jeopardize the state’s bond rating. “We have seen that a significant delay in adopting a budget, in and of itself, can […] [Read More]
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Legislative Dems say their budget has that “new car smell.”

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Yesterday state Sen. Toni Harp, D-New Haven, co-chairman of the legislature’s Appropriations Committee, issued a press release on the group’s voting out the Democrats’ third budget proposal this year. Harp described the plan as “new” and “sleek.” I understand she also wanted to say the budget was lined with “soft, Corinthian leather” but that got […] [Read More]
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How do fellow Republicans feel about Rell’s tax increases?

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The conversation I had this evening with freshman Sen. L. Scott Frantz, R-Greenwich, is likely to be the standard response members of the legislature’s GOP minority are going to be giving in the coming days when asked about the tax increases their Governor offered earlier today. Republicans for months have argued an economic crisis is […] [Read More]
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“Wow. Is that all?!?!”

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That was the response of one Democratic staffer after learning that Republican Gov. M. Jodi Rell had only offered around $391 million worth of new taxes in the third two-year budget proposal she put on the table today. Rell generated some headlines over the past few days when she told reporters after trying to hold […] [Read More]
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Dems tweak income tax hike

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As The Advocate reported earlier this week, legislative Democrats have made some changes to their tax package in light of the recent slight decrease in the projected deficit from $8.7 billion to $8.55 billion. The Appropriations Committee just a bit ago voted on a new budget proposal – the Democratic majority’s third this year – […] [Read More]
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Dan “I’m only EXPLORING a run for Governor” Malloy to Rell: I could have passed a budget by now

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Stamford’s Democratic Mayor and potential 2010 gubernatorial candidate Dannel Malloy was one of the Democrats pouncing yesterday on Republican Gov. M. Jodi Rell’s statement the newest budget proposal she unveils today will contain taxes. Malloy continued the drum beat of criticism that when Rell proposed her initial two-year budget back in February, she low-balled the […] [Read More]
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House Minority Leader Cafero on Gov’s embracing tax increases

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During a visit yesterday to Wilton, Republican Gov. M. Jodi Rell, who tomorrow is expected to release a new budget proposal – her third attempt this year – told myself and a few other reporters present this package was likely to contain some tax increases. “I’m still looking at the cuts, to be candid,” Rell […] [Read More]
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Dems target DMV for budget cuts, but Republicans got there first

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The legislature’s Democratic majority today revealed some details of a revised budget plan that will be released Thursday, including reorganizing the Department of Motor Vehicles. Under the plan DMV services would be divvied up amongst the departments of public safety (motor vehicle safety and security), environmental protection (emissions testing) and consumer protection (licensing). The General […] [Read More]
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We’ll have OUR people contact YOUR people…

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Earlier today The Advocate decided to reach out to Linda McMahon, Chief Executive Officer of Stamford-based World Wrestling Entertainment Inc. and occasional television personality to talk about the increasingly-likely closure of Stamford-based J.M. Wright Technical School. McMahon was nominated to the state Board of Education earlier this year. So there’s this McMahon – I’ll call […] [Read More]
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Governor Rell on the Wright Tech closure: It’s up to state school officials

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I’ll have a more detailed story on this in The Advocate. While Republican Gov. M. Jodi Rell was in Wilton this morning for a press conference about a rail project I asked her about J.M. Wright Technical School. She said she had read the blog post immediately below this one which speculated the administration is […] [Read More]
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