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Hartford Mayor Luke Bronin has released his $612.9 million budget proposal to the City Council, one that avoids layoffs, cuts funding to most community organizations, assumes more labor concessions, understaffs departments, and still has a $49 million hole.

But there's no more to cut, Bronin said, without compromising the city. 

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Hartford Mayor Luke Bronin will present his budget to the City Council Monday, and he's projecting a $50 million hole. But he said a lack of clarity about the state budget is making the city's job harder. 

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With Connecticut’s special transportation fund expected to be scraping bottom by 2020, some lawmakers and advocates have been saying electronic highway tolls are inevitable. But that reality may be here sooner than originally thought.

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Groton Public Schools are planning to lay off 70 staff members and close one school as the district grapples with a multi-million-dollar cut from the state. 

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After a presentation from the president of the Connecticut State Colleges and Universities, the Board of Regents for Higher Education adopted the framework of a plan for sweeping administrative consolidations on Thursday.

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A leading economist said that Connecticut’s economy is in a “state of emergency.” This hour, we try to figure out if that's better - or worse - than Ben Barnes's "Permanent State of Fiscal Crisis."

When it comes to fiscal crises, Connecticut is not alone. A new study shows two thirds of states nationwide are also facing budget shortfalls this year or next, and its authors say they need to think differently about their finances. 

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As Connecticut wrestles with the question of re-introducing highway tolls, Democrats and Republicans are at odds about whether the idea is feasible. A bill which would include tolls as a revenue raising source for transportation has already passed out of committee, and will be debated by the full House and Senate. 

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The Trump administration is proposing a 31 percent cut to the Environmental Protection Agency’s budget. That would be the biggest cut of any federal agency.

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One of the federal agencies that would disappear under any implementation of the Trump budget proposal is the National Endowment for the Arts. Federal funding of the arts can be controversial, but in Connecticut, its beneficiaries argue that it’s misunderstood.

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President Donald Trump’s budget proposal plans to zero out funding for something called Community Development Block Grants -- money that goes from the federal government to states and municipalities to use as they see fit.

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President Donald Trump’s so called "skinny" budget proposal has many social services, education, and municipal advocates up in arms as he proposes slashing or eliminating funding for programs such as meals on wheels, after-school care, housing, and the arts.

Advocates for the poor say the budget plan the Trump administration rolled out on Thursday would be a kick in the shins for low-income Americans.

Sheryl Braxton, who relies on public housing, explained at a hearing in New York City this week that her community needs reinvestment, not less funding.

Biomedical research and public health are among the big losers in the Trump administration's proposed budget.

The proposal promises:

  • A "major reorganization" in the National Institutes of Health, which supports most of the nation's research on diseases and treatments. That includes a cut of $5.8 billion, about 20 percent of NIH's $30 billion budget.

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The Trump administration's new budget blueprint aims to quantify the president's nationalistic agenda in dollars and cents. The plan, released Thursday morning, calls for significant increases in military and border-security spending, along with corresponding cuts in many other parts of the government.

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