Monthly Archive for September, 2009

: September, 2009

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

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

House of Reps/Senate to reconvene Friday

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

State legislators curtailing travel plans during budget crisis

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

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

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

GOP hangs Rep. Floren out to dry over bond package

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

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

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

Shellfish fee yanked from state budget at last minute

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

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

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

State honors late DOT worker tomorrow in Darien

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

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

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