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Brian Lockhart covers the Connecticut General Assembly in Hartford

Things between state unions, Guv Dannel Malloy can’t be that bad…

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… if Matt O’Connor, spokesman for the State Employees Bargaining Agent Coalition, still hasn’t peeled his Malloy campaign sticker off the back of the clipboard he carries around. O’Connor has for the past several days been working hard to answer reporter’s questions after the unions shot down a $1.6 billion concessions package and Malloy began […] [Read More]
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Union spokesman says leaders closing in on plan to save state $1.6 billion

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Matt O’Connor, a spokesman for the State Employees Bargaining Agent Coalition, this afternoon said he is confident that in the coming days and weeks the group’s 15 union leaders will find a way to ratify a concessions package worth $1.6 billion. Sources say union heads are meeting at an undisclosed location all day tomorrow. The […] [Read More]
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Malloy’s request for more power: Marshal law or decisive governing?

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House Republican leaders this afternoon held a press conference to, in part, mock the legislature’s Democratic majority for considering granting the governor extraordinary powers to enact budget cuts. The General Assembly is meeting in special session today to fill the $1.6 billion hole left in the new budget when state unions last week shot down […] [Read More]
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Can unions find way to make everybody happy?

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There’s been a lot of talk over the past several days about exactly how union leaders might try to salvage the $1.6 billion concessions package a majority of their members backed, but not enough to meet the high threshold for ratification. One union source yesterday said one likely scenario is for union leaders to agree […] [Read More]
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Former House Speaker Lyons wary of giving Malloy power to cut $700M

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With state unions having rejected a $1.6 billion concessions package needed to balance the two-year budget, Democratic Gov. Dannel Malloy is asking legislators to grant him the authority to make at least $700 million worth of cuts in the fiscal year that begins Friday. Lawmakers, who convene in special session Thursday,¬†are torn on the issue. […] [Read More]
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Layoffs not as simple as issuing pink slips

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Our librarian, Erin Walsh, who is a huge help researching old stories, just dug up an Associated Press article from 2003 when then-Republican Gov. John Rowland executed around 3,000 massive layoffs. Essentially the unions began filing grievances to slow down the process. Something to think about as Democratic Gov. Dannel Malloy sharpens the ax… ———- […] [Read More]
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Did union vote amount to seniors versus juniors?

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That’s one explanation for state employees’ rejection this week of a $1.6 billion concessions package that guaranteed four years of job security in return for a two year pay freeze and changes in health and pension benefits. Basically, as some folks tell it, senior workers decided their jobs were safe and figured they’d sacrifice the […] [Read More]
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Speaker Donovan unsure, Deputy Godfrey against giving Guv more power

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There were two big stories in Connecticut politics today. The first was the apparent death – for now – of a concessions package worth $1.6 billion that state unions were being asked to ratify to balance the new budget. The second was Democratic Governor Dannel Malloy’s ask of the Democratic-majority legislature to grant him special […] [Read More]
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Yankee Institute wants expedited probe of union accusations

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For several days now state union spokesmen have alleged that conservative forces, including The Yankee Institute for Public Policy, have been intentionally spreading misinformation about a $1.6 billion concessions deal to kill it. They’ve sought a full investigation by Attorney General George Jepsen, who earlier this week punted the request to the state Auditors of […] [Read More]
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“CT’s budget imploding. Wish you were here.”

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New Governor Dannel Malloy wants to boost tourism in Connecticut, but I’m sure he’d prefer visitors to the capitol today were snapping photos of happier events… This afternoon a group of tourists stopped to take shots of a press conference hosted by union spokesmen discussing the rejection of a $1.6 billion concessions deal needed to […] [Read More]
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