Political Capitol

Brian Lockhart covers the Connecticut General Assembly in Hartford

Guv/Legislature negotiating latter’s role in budget cuts

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If Governor Dannel Malloy fails to obtain $2 billion in union concessions to balance his proposed budget, the Democrat has pledged to plug that hole through layoffs and additional cuts. “We’re not going to raise taxes more than we’ve previously agreed,” he reiterated to reporters during a press conference this morning at the capitol. Significant […] [Read More]
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The price of being a maverick on budget issues…

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Sen. Bob Duff, D-Norwalk, has over the last few legislative sessions cast  votes against tax hikes sought by Democratic leaders on Fairfield County’s wealthier households. Subsequently he and a few of his Senate colleagues have earned reputations as fiscal conservatives and potential swing votes on budgets. That distinction meant more when Republican M. Jodi Rell occupied the governor’s office […] [Read More]
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Sen. Daily says gas tax in play

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Over the past few days legislators from both parties have said they’ve been getting an earful from constituents angry about the additional .03 the budget package Democratic leaders struck with the governor last week tacks onto Connecticut’s already high gas taxes. A ill-timed column published in yesterday’s New York Times by Democratic Governor Dannel Malloy’s […] [Read More]
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Blumenthal leaves Jepsen in dust over PlayStation data breach

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New Attorney General George Jepsen has pledged not to be in the public eye as much as his camera-chasing predecessor, fellow Democrat Richard Blumenthal, now a U.S. Senator. But this is kind of funny… Blumenthal over the past two days has been all over the data breach of Sony’s PlayStation Network while Jepsen’s office just a little […] [Read More]
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SustiNet supporters shouldn’t expect any miracles from Dem leaders

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The SustiNet health care reform bill that is limping its way to the end of the legislative session doesn’t contain a state-run insurance program (a public option) or allow small businesses to join municipalities/non-profits in a state insurance pool. Those were both important to House Speaker Chris Donovan, D-Meriden, but opposed by Democratic Governor Dannel […] [Read More]
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Thought lawmakers had taken care of workplace smoking?

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Think again. This bill is before the legislature’s Planning and Development Committee tomorrow. [Read More]
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For Guv. Malloy, message trumps money with Amazon tax

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As our newspapers reported in early March, Democratic Gov. Dannel Malloy’s administration initially resisted imposing a so-called Amazon tax on Internet sales, citing questions about its legality. But the budget deal Malloy struck with legislative Democrats last week contained the Amazon tax. So what’s up with the governor’s change of heart? Malloy during a free-wheeling […] [Read More]
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Democrats who didn’t get income tax hike still happy

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Alterations to Democratic Governor Dannel Malloy’s tax package appear to have won over a coalition of state House Democrats, even if the governor did not grant their wish and agree to further increase the top income tax rate on the wealthy. As we reported 65 legislators last week submitted a letter to their leaders urging […] [Read More]
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Lawmakers given anti-GOP cartoon, Dem chair not laughing

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Members of the legislature’s Appropriations Committee, at this moment debating a budget deal struck yesterday between the governor and Democratic leaders, found copies of a Hartford Courant editorial cartoon sitting on their chairs as they arrived in the capitol hearing room… The cartoon – which you can read more about at artist Bob Englehart’s blog […] [Read More]
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Dems love the big CEOs, Republicans for the little guy

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How much weight should lawmakers place on budget endorsements from some of the state’s major corporate leaders? That’s the mini argument that occurred as the legislature’s Finance, Revenue and Bonding Committee this afternoon debated and ultimately passed a budget deal struck yesterday by Governor Dannel Malloy and his fellow Democrats in the General Assembly. Republicans […] [Read More]
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