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Connecticut Budget Process Mired in Political Gridlock

Apr 21, 2016
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With less than two weeks left in the legislative session, Governor Dannel Malloy’s new budget proposal has spurred political uproar between him and Democratic leaders -- specifically Democratic Speaker of the House Brendan Sharkey who called the revision a "personal hit list."

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Just a few weeks ago, Connecticut started to write-off its importance in the presidential nomination process. But then Bernie Sanders picked up steam and Donald Trump's campaign faltered. With less than a week before Connecticut residents cast their ballots, the candidates are making public stops across the state. Trump was in Hartford last week, and Hillary Clinton and John Kasich have visits scheduled this week.

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A bill to phase out plastic bags at grocery stores is moving forward and it's got the support of one prominent garbage man. 

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As a sitting governor running for re-election in 2014, Dannel Malloy gave himself a nickname on Where We Live.

"You don't have to love me," said Malloy. "I'm a porcupine." The public is being reminded of Malloy's prickly side as he moves forwards with state employee layoffs. This hour, our weekly news roundtable The Wheelhouse discusses the jobs cuts and what impact they will have on the state's residents.

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Money set aside for energy-efficiency projects could soon get slashed as state legislators work to close a large budget deficit.

Republican legislative leaders say their Democratic counterparts "didn't do their job" by proposing $570 million in spending cuts to cover Connecticut's projected $900 million deficit next fiscal year.

The Democratic-controlled Appropriations Committee planned to vote Wednesday on a $19.9 billion plan.

Senate Minority Leader Len Fasano (R-North Haven) said the Democrats "didn't do their job" and "that to me, is failure on their part."

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This week, Governor Dannel Malloy was announced as the winner of the 2016 John F. Kennedy Profile in Courage Award for his response to the Syrian refugee crisis. It adds to Malloy's national popularity, despite the political struggles in Hartford.

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Proponents of legalizing marijuana in Connecticut are urging state lawmakers to capitalize on the "novelty factor" of becoming the first New England state to allow recreational use of the drug. 

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Radiologists and advocates are trying to persuade Connecticut lawmakers to reverse a cut made last year to the state Medicaid reimbursement rate for radiology services. 

A bill that would close Connecticut’s juvenile detention facility in Middletown by 2018 passed the General Assembly Judiciary Committee on Wednesday. The Connecticut Juvenile Training Facility was under investigation last year for illegally putting children into restraints and seclusion.

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In the decade since Connecticut first adopted a human trafficking law, not a single person has been convicted.

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Lawmakers are weighing a proposal that could prevent people charged with less serious crimes from being stuck in jail before they're convicted. 

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Connecticut lawmakers have passed a plan to slash the $220 million deficit in the current fiscal year budget, warning they still have to solve a much bigger financial problem in the new fiscal year beginning July 1.

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In his February budget address, Gov. Dannel Malloy outlined the challenges facing the state government. "Connecticut state government must reset our expectations of what we can afford, how we provide services, and how we save for our priorities," said Malloy. "It won't be easy, and it often won't be politically popular." That last part is becoming increasingly evident.

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The Connecticut Senate is expected to vote on a resolution calling on the U.S. Senate to hold confirmation hearings on President Barack Obama's nominee to the U.S. Supreme Court.

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The Connecticut General Assembly's Judiciary Committee heard testimony Wednesday on a set of proposals that builds on Governor Dannel Malloy's Second Chance Society reforms. 

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A major group representing Connecticut doctors said it may support a bill limiting first-time opioid prescriptions if the final legislation allows prescribers some discretion. 

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Time in the legislative session is starting to run down and the list of things to do remains long. This week on our weekly news roundtable The Wheelhouse, we’re joined by Capitol reporters to catch us up on what is (and isn’t) getting done. Governor Dannel Malloy is going up against labor unions and asking for concessions to help with the budget but the rank and file union members haven't authorized a renegotiation of the current contract.

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A bill that would allow children with certain medical conditions to be prescribed marijuana passed a key legislative committee Monday. 

Connecticut lawmakers are moving closer toward allowing qualified patients under 18-years-old to use medical marijuana to treat their debilitating illnesses.

The General Assembly’s Public Health Committee overwhelmingly approved the proposed legislation on Monday. It now awaits further action in the House of Representatives.

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Connecticut Working Families is calling on the governor and the legislature to raise more revenue to solve the state’s budget crisis, instead of focusing on cuts in services.

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Connecticut lawmakers are not going to pursue a state study of a proposed third casino. 

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It's that time of the political season when just about every Tuesday seems like a "Super Tuesday." More voters head to the polls, and on our weekly news roundtable The Wheelhouse, we discuss the results, and take a look at what's ahead for both major political parties.

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Governor Dannel Malloy’s bill which would create a constitutional lockbox to safeguard transportation funds has moved out of committee. But several lawmakers said they want the bill to be improved, or they won’t support it going forward.

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It was a battle of dueling economic reports before the state legislature Thursday as lawmakers considered whether to commission yet another study on the impact of a potential third casino. 

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Connecticut is the latest state to consider regulating the fast-growing fantasy sports industry.

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Should the state of Connecticut become just the fourth in the nation to mandate paid family and medical leave for private employees? The question looks set to generate plenty of debate in Hartford this session, but the battle lines are more complicated than you might imagine. 

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A bipartisan group of legislators is voicing support for a proposed state constitutional amendment that would make it more difficult to sell off Connecticut's forests and parks.

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This hour, our news roundtable The Wheelhouse tackles some of the biggest political stories of the week. We discuss everything from state budget cuts, to automatic voter registration, to a "legislative mystery" that's got everyone scratching their heads.

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Advocates and critics of gun control sparred last week at the University of Connecticut over how much regulation is allowed under the Second Amendment, and whether the amendment was written primarily for individuals or militias.

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