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Brian Lockhart covers the Connecticut General Assembly in Hartford
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Look up “limbo” in the dictionary and you’ll find “Connecticut state budget. See also ‘disaster’/'insanity’.”

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The state’s budget was supposed to be put to bed by now. Well, technically, it was supposed to be in place by the start of the new fiscal year on July 1. But it was, once and for all, supposed to be done BY TODAY. You see, even though the legislature’s Democratic-majority passed a two […] [Read More]
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Shellfish fee yanked from state budget at last minute

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In an effort to raise much-needed revenues during the budget crisis, lawmakers from both sides of the aisle pursued a variety of fee increases this year, many of which are part of the final two-year budget. But one that was stricken from books during the special session of the last few days is the Department […] [Read More]
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I guess this puts the nail in any threats to close the Norwalk Courthouse

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Remember several months ago when Republican Gov. M. Jodi Rell proposed closing some courthouses, including the building in Norwalk, to help address the state’s budget crisis? That proposal never came to pass. But if folks in the Norwalk area want some reassurance, they’ll get it at tomorrow’s Bond Commission meeting at 10:30 a.m. here in […] [Read More]
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State honors late DOT worker tomorrow in Darien

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State lawmakers, including the co-chairs of the legislature’s Transportation Committee, and union representatives have scheduled a ceremony at 11 a.m. tomorrow in Darien to rename a bridge along the Route 7 connector in Norwalk after Robert Mugford. Mugford was a Department of Transportation maintenance worker from Stratford who was struck and killed by a limousine […] [Read More]
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Legislative Dems approve DMV fee hikes over increases in bus/train fares

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Earlier this year Republican Gov. M. Jodi Rell proposed a 10 percent increase on rail and bus fares by October to help the state cope with the budget crisis. That proposal was lambasted by commuter advocates and the legislature’s Democratic majority who pledged to avoid it in whatever two-year budget they passed. But during last […] [Read More]
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There’s Eastern, Central and Pacific Time, and then there’s House Time

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Look at the Connecticut General Assembly’s website. It clearly states the House of Representatives was supposed to be in session at 3 p.m. this afternoon. But of course, that really means “God knows when they’ll convene, but it will be after 3 p.m.” It’s been nearly a month since the Democratic-majority passed a two-year budget, […] [Read More]
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Rell doesn’t want to give out names of attorneys she consulted on budget veto

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Earlier this week The Hartford Courant reported that Republican Gov. M. Jodi Rell, despite warnings from her attorneys it could not be done, went ahead earlier this month and threatened to veto portions of the budget the legislature’s Democratic-majority passed in the early morning hours of Sept. 1. Rell publicly backed down only after Attorney […] [Read More]
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One last gasp for Wright Tech?

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The state House of Representatives is scheduled to reconvene tomorrow to vote on the nitty gritty of the budget the Democratic majority passed in the early morning hours of September 1. There’s talk legislators will also try to cobble together a new land conveyance bill. That was one of the pieces of legislation Republican Gov. […] [Read More]
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