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Will state lawmakers have a budget deal in place to be thankful for on Thursday? Our weekly news roundtable The Wheelhouse will bring you updates from the state capitol where time ticks away for an agreement on how to fix the state budget. 

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A proposal by Democratic state legislators to suspend Connecticut’s public campaign financing system for the 2016 elections was criticized by election reform advocates this week. Republican legislative leaders, too, expressed their skepticism that it would make a difference during an appearance on WNPR.

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State Republicans have long been asking to be "at the table" in budget negotiations. Now, with a massive deficit, they are finally getting what they wished for and they announced their proposed fixes. "We not only fix the problem we’re in now because that’s our statutory obligation, but we make structural changes so this state can sustain itself not for the next month, not the next six months, but for generations to come," said House minority leader Themis Klarides. 

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Governor Dannel Malloy has rolled out more support for his fresh look at the Connecticut state pensions system, but he’s still getting pushback from some of the state's constitutional officers.

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As state leaders meet to try to close a $370 million budget shortfall, advocates for transportation funding say they still believe a lockbox is essential to revamping the state’s infrastructure.

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In the middle of bipartisan negotiations with state lawmakers over a gap in the current year budget, Governor Dannel Malloy's administration unveiled a new series of measures aimed at making the state budget more sustainable in the long run. But the problem and the fix are so complicated that he called it "a little mind-bending" in a meeting with reporters.

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A bipartisan working group met for the first time Tuesday to look at the danger presented to children who are exposed to second-hand smoke while riding in a car. 

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State legislators and Governor Dannel Malloy said they still need to agree on the size of Connecticut's current budget deficit before bipartisan talks can produce a plan to balance the state's books. 

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A Connecticut state lawmaker has been arrested on a charge of driving under the influence after a crash on Interstate 84.

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Governor Dannel Malloy is calling the leadership of both parties in the General Assembly to meet him for talks on the state's budget crisis. 

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A former Connecticut lawmaker who had been charged with election fraud for allegedly voting in a district where she did not live has pleaded guilty to lying to investigators, but avoided prison time. 

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Governor Dannel Malloy has renewed his call for a constitutional lockbox to safeguard transportation funding as the state ramps up spending on infrastructure.

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A new commission charged with improving Connecticut's economic competitiveness wants input on exactly why companies like General Electric don't believe the state is a good place to do business. 

One Connecticut lawmaker is calling for a special session to repeal a new tax on corporations which he says is forcing General Electric out of the state. 

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The Connecticut General Assembly’s Committee on Children met on Wednesday to learn more about the conditions at the Connecticut Juvenile Training School for boys and the nearby Pueblo Unit for girls. 

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The state Board of Education has approved more than 1,000 additional charter school seats for the coming school year, a 12 percent increase.

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The race for the White House is on and politicians from around the country are lining up for a shot at the presidency. As of this month, there are eight current or former governors seeking their party's nomination. While Connecticut Governor Dannel Malloy is not one of them, he's certainly not shy about discussing those who are.

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Connecticut Senate Minority Leader Len Fasano is calling for the resignation of Joette Katz, Commissioner of the Department of Children and Families. This follows a report revealing urgent safety problems at two state-run juvenile detention facilities.

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State officials are urging federal lawmakers to reconsider several bills aimed at improving cybersecurity.

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Lawmakers gathered in Hartford on Monday for a poorly-attended veto session.

Republicans in the House of Representatives resurrected a bill that would have required the Commissioner of the State Department of Education to have a strong background in teaching.

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The Democratic leaders of the Connecticut General Assembly say they've decided not to try and override any of Democratic Governor Dannel  Malloy's nine vetoes.

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Gov. Dannel Malloy told Connecticut inmates about a new state law that attempts to give nonviolent criminals more opportunities to get drug treatment and successfully reintegrate back into society.

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A date has been set for the Connecticut General Assembly to respond to Gov. Dannel Malloy's nine vetoes, but no decision has been made on whether to override any of them.

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Nearly every lawmaker in the General Assembly voted to create minimum qualifications for the state’s education commissioner. But Governor Dannel Malloy decided to veto the bill and now the state’s largest teachers union is now asking the legislature to override the veto.

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For the first time, Governor Dannel Malloy could face a real threat of one of his vetoes being overridden by fellow Democrats in the General Assembly.

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This month brings a few changes to bicycling laws in Connecticut, which will impact both cyclists and drivers. 

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As part of the special legislative session that just wrapped up, lawmakers approved an extra $20 million for economic development in the city of Hartford.

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In the implementer bill passed today, the state legislature updated and expanded upon the legislation, passed last summer, that established the Connecticut Port Authority.

Governor Dannel Malloy signed a bill creating the statewide Port Authority last June. The language in the implementer bill updated and expanded on the previously passed legislation.

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Beginning July 1, Connecticut residents convicted for the first time of driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs will not only have their licenses suspended for 45 days -- they’ll also have to install a breathalyzer on the ignition of their car for at least six months.

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The Connecticut General Assembly returned to Hartford for a special session Monday, and while the state Senate spent the afternoon deliberating the two budget bills, the House of Representatives took up the "excessive force bill."