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A key legislative committee has withdrawn a budget proposal which Democrats had hoped to vote through Tuesday. 

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Connecticut lawmakers failed to come to an agreement on a budget proposal Tuesday, with leaders from both parties blaming each other for their failure to act. This gridlock is new to the state legislature, a result of the most recent election: Parties are now evenly split in the Senate for the first time in over a century

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Lawmakers will examine a proposal to raise Connecticut’s sales tax this week. The Connecticut Conference of Municipalities wants to see an increase in the sales tax from 6.35 percent currently, to 6.99 percent. The idea is that the additional revenue should be given to cities and towns so they can control a rise in property taxes. 

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Yet another legislative committee grappled this week with the best way to expand casino gaming in the state. The Finance Committee was considering a bill that would solicit bids for the building of a third casino in the state in an open competitive process. 

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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. 

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson's meeting with his Russian counterpart, Sergey Lavrov, started with a warning to the U.S. - don't strike the Syrian regime again. 

Back home, the consensus among Connecticut's delegation in Washington is that President Trump should have informed Congress before sending missiles into Syria. 

Lawmakers in the Connecticut House of Representatives voted unanimously on Wednesday to create more opportunities for locally brewed beer in the state.

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This hour, we listen back to our recent panel discussion at B:Hive Bridgeport, a coworking space in the Park City's downtown. There, we met up with Bridgeport residents and lawmakers for a taste of the city's history, politics, culture… and even some locally-made gin! 

Cities and towns across Connecticut want to make it more difficult for the General Assembly to impose unfunded mandates on them.

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The state's House Judiciary committee has advanced a bill to limit the use of solitary confinement in Connecticut prisons.

The Connecticut legislature is considering a bill that would ban the use of recycled tires in playgrounds.  

A bill aimed at preventing child marriage in Connecticut made it through a key legislative committee on Wednesday.

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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. 

Commerce Committee Advances Bioscience Bill

Mar 30, 2017

The Connecticut legislature’s Commerce Committee has advanced a bill that aims to boost the state’s growing bioscience sector.

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Are tolls coming back to Connecticut? Yes, we’ve heard this before -- but the state Speaker of the House now says tolls are "inevitable."

This hour, we talk with Democratic State Representative Joe Aresimowicz and Republican leader, Senator Len Fasano about that and other budget decisions facing Connecticut lawmakers.

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