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Brian Lockhart covers the Connecticut General Assembly in Hartford

So what’s it costing state government to prepare for the worst?

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I’m not quite sure that we’re facing, as state Sen. Andrew Roraback, R-Goshen, put it, “Armageddon” if state unions again vote down a $1.6 billion concessions package in August. But Democratic Gov. Dannel Malloy and state agencies are moving ahead as if the deal will be shot down a second time. The governor as of Wednesday issued 3,008 layoff […] [Read More]
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Now THAT’S a big train set

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The state Bond Commission, chaired by Governor Dannel Malloy, this morning approved the purchase of 25 more New Haven Line train cars, ensuring the aging fleet’s replacement by 2014. At one point member Rep. Sean Williams, R-Oakville, wondered aloud what happens to the hundreds of in some cases four-decades-old train cars. “We give them to you,” Malloy […] [Read More]
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What’s Guv Malloy learned so far on his summer jobs tour?

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It’s been one month since Democratic Governor Dannel Malloy and his head of economic development launched a summer jobs tour intended to culminate with a jobs-centric special legislative session. During a press conference this morning at the capitol, I asked Malloy what he’s learning and if he’s begun formulating specific policies to present to the General […] [Read More]
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AG Jepsen clears Yankee Institute of tampering with union vote

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Attorney General George Jepsen, a Democrat, this afternoon announced his office has not found any credible evidence to support labor leaders’ claims the conservative Yankee Institute for Public Policy tampered with government e-mail to help kill a $1.6 billion concessions deal. The State Employees Bargaining Agent Coalition requested Jepsen and the state Auditors of Public […] [Read More]
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Union vote may not salvage vo-tech sports

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Even if state employees grab their second chance at ratifying a $1.6 billion concessions package, they might not be acting soon enough to reverse some of the damage already being wrought by the governor’s layoffs/cuts. Take, for example, the Connecticut Technical High School System, which faces cuts in arts and athletics. Because the unions failed to […] [Read More]
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More on lawyer’s labor complaint against state union leaders

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We reported today on a labor complaint filed by a state prosecutor over the $1.6 billion concessions deal union negotiators brokered with Democratic Governor Dannel Malloy. The complainant – Lisa Herskowitz, a senior assistant state’s attorney based in Manchester – amended her initial grievance yesterday. You can read copies of her original and her new […] [Read More]
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Just when state officials think they can’t cut any more…

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It’s a fairly commonplace debate within federal, state and local government. Majority lawmakers claim they have cut as much as possible from state budgets, and the minority and frustrated taxpayers argue there has got to be more fat that can be reasonably trimmed. At least twice during his first seven months in office, while grappling with an […] [Read More]
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State Manager on Layoff Limbo: “A lot of work has come to a screeching halt.”

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Believe what you will about public employees, but it has got to be difficult to work for Connecticut government right now because of the climate of uncertainty. On the one hand, unions voted down a $1.6 billion concessions package needed to balance the budget, resulting in Governor Dannel Malloy initiating layoffs. On the other hand, […] [Read More]
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Why would Linda want to court Lieberman?

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Linda McMahon, the ex-2010 Republican U.S. Senate candidate/likely 2012 Republican U.S. Senate, was reportedly spotted today outside of the Washington D.C. offices of the man she’s considering replacing. This has lead to some speculation among colleagues that McMahon wants the endorsement of retiring U.S. Senator Joseph Lieberman, the self-described independent Democrat from Stamford who stayed mum last […] [Read More]
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Closed for Vacation

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I will return to work on July 21. Thanks for supporting this blog. [Read More]
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