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Brian Lockhart covers the Connecticut General Assembly in Hartford

Sen. Duff not ruling out more hearings on AIG bonuses

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The bonuses federally bailed-out insurance giant AIG issued one year ago caused not only a populist furor nationally, but in Connecticut, home to the company’s now infamous Financial Products division. Last March Democratic Attorney General Richard Blumenthal and the co-chairs of the legislature’s Banks Committee, relying heavily on newspaper accounts, subpoenaed around one dozen Fairfield […] [Read More]
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Rep. Tong’s statement on being passed over for U.S. Attorney

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Rep. William Tong, D-Stamford, the first Asian-American elected to the state legislature in 2006 and an early supporter of Barack Obama’s presidential bid in 2008, was among the handful of finalists being considered by the President for Connecticut’s next U.S. Attorney. The White House today announced Obama has instead chosen David Fein, a Greenwich resident […] [Read More]
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Rell proposes new Office for Better Governmental Acronyms

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Republican Gov. M. Jodi Rell today proposed something called the P-E-R-F-O-R-M initiative, an acronym for Plan to Effectively Reorganize the Functions, Operations, Responsibilities and Mission of state agencies. The goal is to in the coming months have a 24-person committee develop a package of reforms that will allow the next Governor and General Assembly elected […] [Read More]
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Dem candidates wary of surcharge on TARP bonuses

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On Monday state Senate Democrats issued a very populist proposal. They said they want to find a way to place a surcharge on bonuses of $1 million or more received by residents who have been employed at companies that benefitted from the federal Troubled Asset Relief Program. In other words, they want a new tax […] [Read More]
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Rell revives Keno, Sunday sales a dead issue?

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Republican Gov. M. Jodi Rell’s budget revived last year’s proposal to introduce the game of Keno to Connecticut to help raise needed revenue. But no mention was made of Sunday liquor sales, despite some of the traction the issue received over the holiday thanks to a report by a legislative committee that it could raise […] [Read More]
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Summarizing Rell’s State-of-the-State

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There were three terms/phrases in Republican Gov. M. Jodi Rell’s final state-of-the-state address which I think best capture the major points she wanted to make to the General Assembly and the public. 1. “Partisan pinball” – Rell called on the Democratic-majority legislature to work with her in a civil manner to solve the state’s budget/economic […] [Read More]
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Foley on Shays running for Gov: “I think he’s been down on the Maryland shore, eating crab cakes or something.”

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While Republican Gov. M. Jodi Rell was delivering her final state-of-the-state speech today, two of her potential replacements – Tom Foley of Greenwich and former U.S. Congressman Christopher Shays (R-Bridgeport) – stood practically side-by-side in the back of the legislative chamber. Foley has been on the campaign trail for a few months now while his […] [Read More]
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Rell’s budget does not extend conveyance tax

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Although Republican Gov. M. Jodi Rell’s mid-term budget adjustments maintain funding for major municipal grants, the documents, released to reporters this morning by Rell’s budget staff, do not include an extension of the higher real estate conveyance tax rates. Those rates, enacted a few years ago on property sales to provide cities and towns another […] [Read More]
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