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Brian Lockhart covers the Connecticut General Assembly in Hartford

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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Occhiogrosso slams Cafero’s criticism of union deal

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Had to file a report on additional details of Governor Dannel Malloy’s concessions deal with the unions before I heard back from his advisor, Roy Occhiogrosso. Suffice it to say House Minority Leader Lawrence Cafero, R-Norwalk expressed in my story that Malloy got his lunch eaten. Occhiogrosso obviously believes otherwise. Here’s what he had to […] [Read More]
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GOP questions Malloy’s intentions to streamline government

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Bit of explanation. Before actual copies of the summary of the union concessions announced Friday were circulated tonight, I wrote a different story. In it, Republican leaders lamented Governor Dannel Malloy’s promise not to lay any folks off for four years. Republicans claimed they were told by Malloy’s administration late last week that unspecified changes […] [Read More]
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The union deal with Malloy OR Loose lips, tight ships, best laid plans…

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State union leaders wanted to release a summary of the concessions deal struck Friday on their own terms, meaning online tomorrow. But copies began circulating among capitol insiders and the press this evening. Credit where it’s due – CT News Junkie I believe was the first to get the actual document posted online along with […] [Read More]
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Proposal regarding prisoners and redistricting looks dead

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Connecticut Common Cause today held a press conference at the capitol in support of a bill that appears to be going nowhere fast this session. House Bill 6606 would adjust population data so that prisoners are counted as residents of their last town of residence, rather than where they’re incarcerated. This would put an end […] [Read More]
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