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Brian Lockhart covers the Connecticut General Assembly in Hartford

Sen. Roraback pledges to shave head over union deal

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There’s been some skepticism over a section of the governor’s concessions deal with state unions that estimates $180 million in savings from what critics mock as a “suggestion box.” Specifically Democratic Governor Dannel Malloy is counting on the 45,000 members of the State Employees Bargaining Agent Coalition (SEBAC) to over the next two years help […] [Read More]
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Guess Guv Malloy ain’t opening Emergency Ops Center for world’s end

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For an administration that’s been talking a lot during the fiscal crisis about “shared sacrifice” and offering doomsday budgets, Democratic Governor Dannel Malloy’s office is pretty uninformed about the prospect that tomorrow the world may end. That’s right. It’s, according to a movement inspired by an evangelical Christian preacher, Judgement Day. The Rapture. Or what […] [Read More]
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Malloy doing a little arm twisting for paid sick leave

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Last Friday during a reporter’s roundtable on John Dankosky’s “Where We Live” radio program the Connecticut Mirror’s Mark Pazniokas asked a caller who supports the controversial paid sick leave bill if it was time for the governor to begin lobbying legislators for votes. Democratic Governor Dannel Malloy has been a vocal supporter of paid sick […] [Read More]
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Malloy taps new Information Technology Czar

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His name is Mark Raymond of Glastonbury. And, as we reported back in March, he’s got a tough job ahead of him. Here’s the full press release with details about Raymond’s background. ————- GOV. MALLOY APPOINTS MARK RAYMOND AS STATE’S NEW CHIEF INFORMATION OFFICER (HARTFORD, CT) – Governor Dannel P. Malloy today announced that Mark […] [Read More]
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Should state save $$$ by dumping its 1-800 lines?

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The Department of Motor Vehicles wants to, and it maintains one of the most-used of state government’s 350 toll free numbers. Here’s our report. [Read More]
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No love lost between Cafero and backers of Internet dating bill

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Thanks to a mini-filibuster by House Minority Leader Lawrence Cafero, R-Norwalk and his caucus, Democratic leaders just temporarily past i.e. punted into limbo legislation intended to make online dating safer. Bills are passed temporarily when the debate drags on and threatens to hold up other legislative business in either the House or Senate. Cafero questioned […] [Read More]
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Malloy administration hoping to better explain SEBAC deal to media

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Members of the press have been invited to attend a two-hour briefing Friday morning at Rentschler Field on Democratic Governor Dannel Malloy’s recent concessions deal with the State Employees Bargaining Agent Coalition. It’s being billed as similiar to the pre-budget briefings the state Office of Policy and Management typically conduct every year on the morning […] [Read More]
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Private sector union boss says members would “jump through hoops” for SEBAC deal

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State Rep. Zeke Zalaski, D-Southington is not the guy you go to for critical comments about organized labor. Zalaski’s co-chairman of the legislature’s labor committee. He’s also president of United Auto Workers Local 712, the union representing his co-workers at Associated Spring in Bristol, where Zalaski has worked for over three decades. And a few weeks […] [Read More]
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