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Brian Lockhart covers the Connecticut General Assembly in Hartford

Chip, chip, chip

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The legislature’s Appropriations and Finance, Revenue and Bonding committees are at the capitol today to hear directly from budget officials about the state’s poor fiscal outlook and to bat around ideas for chipping away at the estimated, $6 billion, two-year deficit. At the same time, contractors are hard at work in the halls of the […] [Read More]
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Once a Mets fan, always a Mets fan

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The new legislative session is still about two months away, but House Minority Leader Lawrence Cafero, R-Norwalk, is already trying to sow doubts about new House Speaker Christopher Donovan, D-Meridan. The upcoming session will focus on crafting a new, two-year state budget in the face of the national economic crisis and rising state deficits. Republicans […] [Read More]
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Today is the first day of the next two years of their lives

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Newly elected state legislators had their freshman orientation today at the capitol in Hartford. The Class of 2010 (when they are up for re-election) learned about the workings of state government and sat in on a mock session. The regular 2009 legislative session begins in January. [Read More]
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A state employee begs for understanding on Charter Oak’s flaws

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Republican Gov. M. Jodi Rell and the state Department of Social Services launched the Charter Oak Health Plan July 1 to help uninsured 19 through 64 year-old residents with their healthcare needs. But the plan has come under increasing fire from healthcare advocates and Democratic legislators for failing to sign-up an adequate network of physicians […] [Read More]
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All Lieberman, all the time

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I was speaking to a colleague yesterday who noted how odd it seems for politicians and pundits and reporters to focus on Stamford native U.S. Sen. Joseph Lieberman’s fate in Congress in the midst of wars and financial crises. Then I read this today. I think Lieberman’s rabbi, Daniel Cohen of Stamford, summed it up […] [Read More]
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More on the fate of Moira Lyons’ former opponent for Speaker

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The Hartford Courant’s Jon Lender continues to delve into the arrest of Jessie Stratton, a former legislator from Canton and Avon who in 2002 tried to challenge fellow Democrat Moira Lyons of Stamford for the position of House Speaker. It’s interesting reading. [Read More]
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CCM – Continually Concerned about Municipal cuts

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The Connecticut Conference of Municipalities (CCM) today issued a six-point plan they want lawmakers to adapt to help cities and towns weather the state and federal economic crisis. Chief among the group’s recommendations is lawmakers use the $1.4 billion rainy day fund to avoid cuts in municipal aid. “Connecticut’s towns and cities are reeling from […] [Read More]
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Gov opposes tax increase, but does not say she would veto one

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During a press conference this afternoon to discuss the state’s gloomy financial and budgetary outlook, Ken Dixon, the Connecticut Post’s capitol reporter, asked Republican Gov. M. Jodi Rell if she would veto any budget put forth by the legislature that raised the income tax. The General Assembly is controlled by Democrats who in 2007 sought […] [Read More]
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