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Brian Lockhart covers the Connecticut General Assembly in Hartford

Senate Dems pass tax on bonuses, House Majority Leader wary

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In a mostly party line, 21 to 14 vote, the state Senate tonight passed a jobs bill funded by a temporary, two-year tax on controversial bonuses paid state residents working for companies that benefitted from federal bail-out funds. The 8.97 percent tax on bonuses of $500,000 or more (it was originally bonuses of $1 million […] [Read More]
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Will General Assembly debate hedge fund regulation?

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For the past few sessions the legislature’s Banks Committee co-chairs – Sen. Bob Duff, D-Norwalk and Rep. Ryan Barry, D-Manchester – have tried unsuccessfully to pass legislation regulating Connecticut’s Greenwich-centric hedge fund industry. Duff and Barry have continually argued that with Congress unable to get its act together on financial reform, it’s up to Connecticut […] [Read More]
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Bill requires state Ed Board to face community before closing Tech Schools

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It’s too late to help J.M. Wright Technical School in Stamford, but a bill inspired in part by last year’s controversial decision to (temporarily?) shutter that beleaguered facility passed out of the state Senate tonight in a 33 to zero vote. It now heads to the House, which has until the session ends May 5 […] [Read More]
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So, will Judge Bob Genuario storm out of a court room?

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I’ve covered Robert Genuario in his capacity as state budget director, a Republican state Senator from Norwalk and as a zoning attorney appearing before that city’s land use agencies. And I cannot recall ever witnessing the mild-mannered Genuario storming out of anything. But according to a press release issued by state unions, Genuario is, behind […] [Read More]
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Rell to Unions: Let’s Talk

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Republican Governor M. Jodi Rell was in Fairfield this morning so I took the opportunity to ask her if she has a message for state union leaders. The unions so far have balked at agreeing to more concessions and talks over Rell’s Plan B – another early retirement offering – fell apart yesterday. Some have […] [Read More]
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Oz Griebel sends Foley’s red meat back to kitchen

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Greenwich Republican Tom Foley introduced a nice helping of red partisan meat to today’s 10-person gubernatorial debate in Bridgeport, arguing the budget crisis “was created by a Democrat-dominated legislature.” After some of the Democrats present defended their party and argued Republican Gov. M. Jodi Rell – and before her Republican John Rowland – wield plenty […] [Read More]
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Keeping it real at the Bridgeport Guv debate

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Fellow Hearst reporter Ken Dixon was the moderator at this morning’s crowded gubernatorial debate in Bridgeport, which featured ten out of the dozen candidates vying to replace retiring Republican Gov. M. Jodi Rell. Dixon began his duties by noting that the field will be considerably altered when the Democratic and Republican parties hold their nominating […] [Read More]
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Guv candidates unanimous in panning securitization

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10 candidates for governor are currently debating in Bridgeport. All of them – 6 Republicans and 4 Democrats – are condemning securitizationĀ (or borrowing against future revenues) to balance the budget. Just thought lawmakers considering this in Hartford ought to know. Even Lt. Gov. Michael Fedele thinks it’s a bad idea, distinguishing himself from his boss, […] [Read More]
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Rep. Shapiro’s fuel price gouging bill passes House

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A bill sponsored by Rep. Jim Shapiro, D-Stamford, giving the state greater powers to investigate mergers of fuel companies and allegations of fuel price gouging passed the House of Representatives this afternoon with a mostly party line vote of 106 to 36. It now heads to the Senate, which has until the final day of […] [Read More]
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Where do the U.S. Senate candidates stand on global warming?

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Earth Day was last week and Connecticut’s favorite “independent Democrat” U.S. Sen. Joseph Lieberman of Stamford is working to salvage a tri-partisan climate/energy bill down in Washington D.C. No time like the present to find out where some of the individuals vying to replace retiring Democratic U.S. Sen. Chris Dodd stand on climate change/global warming. […] [Read More]
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