Political Capitol

Brian Lockhart covers the Connecticut General Assembly in Hartford

Governor supports elimination of proposed shellfish fee OR Rell finds a pearl in vetoed budget implementer

on
Republican Gov. M. Jodi Rell has several problems with Democrat-written legislation intended to put the 2009-10/2010-11 budget the majority approved Sept. 1 to bed. But a proposal I wrote about last week to eliminate a shellfish fee is not on her hit list. In a letter issued today to legislative leaders, state Budget Director Robert […] [Read More]
Categories: General

House of Reps/Senate to reconvene Friday

on
Just got an e-mail that the Democratic-majority in the House of Representatives has scheduled a caucus for  Friday and a session of the legislature afterward. The e-mail included specific times but those have proven meaningless in the past, so let’s just leave it at the House will be in session at some point Friday afternoon/evening. […] [Read More]
Categories: General

State legislators curtailing travel plans during budget crisis

on
About a year ago, give or take a month, The Advocate ran a couple of stories focusing on legislative travel. It is not unusual for Connecticut lawmakers to head out of state to attend various professional conferences. But with gas prices soaring and the state budget gushing red ink last summer, it was a good […] [Read More]
Categories: General

As of 6:30 p.m. Monday it is still unclear if the General Assembly will reconvene this week

on
House Majority Leader Denise Merrill, D-Mansfield, in a phone interview said she is uncertain whether the General Assembly will return to the capitol this week to  wrap-up the budget process. Last week’s special session was aimed at passing a variety of bills required to implement the 2009-10 and 2010-11 spending plan the Democratic-majority approved Sept. […] [Read More]
Categories: General

GOP hangs Rep. Floren out to dry over bond package

on
Among the budget-related bills the General Assembly passed during last week’s special session was the two-year state bonding package – a wish list of projects funded through borrowing. The bill was a mainly party-line vote. Republicans being the fiscal conservatives that they are typically argue they are taking a stand against increasing the state’s debt, […] [Read More]
Categories: General

Look up “limbo” in the dictionary and you’ll find “Connecticut state budget. See also ‘disaster’/'insanity’.”

on
The state’s budget was supposed to be put to bed by now. Well, technically, it was supposed to be in place by the start of the new fiscal year on July 1. But it was, once and for all, supposed to be done BY TODAY. You see, even though the legislature’s Democratic-majority passed a two […] [Read More]
Categories: General

Shellfish fee yanked from state budget at last minute

on
In an effort to raise much-needed revenues during the budget crisis, lawmakers from both sides of the aisle pursued a variety of fee increases this year, many of which are part of the final two-year budget. But one that was stricken from books during the special session of the last few days is the Department […] [Read More]
Categories: General

I guess this puts the nail in any threats to close the Norwalk Courthouse

on
Remember several months ago when Republican Gov. M. Jodi Rell proposed closing some courthouses, including the building in Norwalk, to help address the state’s budget crisis? That proposal never came to pass. But if folks in the Norwalk area want some reassurance, they’ll get it at tomorrow’s Bond Commission meeting at 10:30 a.m. here in […] [Read More]
Categories: General

State honors late DOT worker tomorrow in Darien

on
State lawmakers, including the co-chairs of the legislature’s Transportation Committee, and union representatives have scheduled a ceremony at 11 a.m. tomorrow in Darien to rename a bridge along the Route 7 connector in Norwalk after Robert Mugford. Mugford was a Department of Transportation maintenance worker from Stratford who was struck and killed by a limousine […] [Read More]
Categories: General

Legislative Dems approve DMV fee hikes over increases in bus/train fares

on
Earlier this year Republican Gov. M. Jodi Rell proposed a 10 percent increase on rail and bus fares by October to help the state cope with the budget crisis. That proposal was lambasted by commuter advocates and the legislature’s Democratic majority who pledged to avoid it in whatever two-year budget they passed. But during last […] [Read More]
Categories: General