The Capitol Beat: September 30, 2015

State Tax Panel Hears Presentations on CT’s Competitiveness, Fiscal Health Members of the State Tax Panel today heard from two different academics about how the state measures up regionally and nationally in terms of its tax structure and the role of other fiscal variable in economic growth (see accompanying handouts). Some interesting takeaways from the …
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The Capitol Beat: March 2-6, 2015

March is a month without mercy for rabid basketball fans.  There is no such thing as a ‘gentleman gambler’ when the Big Dance rolls around. – Hunter S. Thompson Votes on Numerous Wage and Workplace Bills Anticipated Next Week As Labor Committee’s March 17 Deadline for Reporting out Bills Approaches The Legislature’s Labor and Public …
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The Capitol Beat: February 20, 2019

February 25, 2019 Governor Lamont Unveils 2020-21 Budget Proposal In his inaugural budget proposal, Governor Lamont relied heavily on a broad expansion of the sales tax base to currently exempt goods and services to spread the pain and balance the budget for fiscal years 2020-21. While the proposal does not increase the rates of the …
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The Capitol Beat: February 2-6, 2015

Speaker, Municipal Commission Back Incentives to Generate Revenues for Towns In the latest push to give municipalities more flexibility and relieve them of their over-reliance on the regressive property tax system, House Speaker Brendan, D-Hamden, and the municipal commission he created several years ago, this week came out with a list of legislative initiatives for …
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The Capitol Beat: January 26-30, 2015

I shall never use profanity except in discussing taxes. –Mark Twain STATE TAX PANEL HEARS PRIMER ON CONNECTICUT TAX PRACTICE AND POLICY As part of an ongoing information-gathering process, the State Tax Panel charged with reviewing Connecticut’s myriad taxes and policies this week received primers on the state’s property tax system as well as its …
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The Capitol Beat: December 8-12, 2014

May you and yours enjoy the blessings of the season throughout the year. – Your friends at Gaffney, Bennett WEEK FEATURES MANY COMINGS AND GOINGS IN CAPITOL CIRCLES This week has been punctuated by more major changes in staffing and personnel in state government and legislative circles. All these individuals bring fresh perspectives, ideas and, …
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The Capitol Beat: November 10-14, 2014

Democracy is a charming form of government, full of variety and disorder; and dispensing a sort of equality to equals and unequals alike.” — Plato Budget Ax Falls as Malloy Administration Seeks to Eradicate 2015 Deficit The Malloy administration Thursday fired a pre-emptive strike to eradicate a persistent 2015 FY deficit of $59 million– action …
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The Capitol Beat: November 2014 Election Recap

November 5, 2014 Connecticut 2014 Election Results Federal Congressional Races: – Incumbents John Larson (D), Elizabeth Esty (D), Rosa DeLauro (D), Joe Courtney (D) and Jim Himes (D) all won re-election. There were no US Senate races in Connecticut. Governor – Governor Malloy (D) won his bid for a second term. Attorney General – Incumbent …
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The Capitol Beat: November 3, 2014

“Facts are stubborn things, but statistics are more pliable.” – Mark Twain November 4: The Day We’ve all Been Waiting for…to be over The day of reckoning and release from the onslaught of statistics, political ads and solicitations is almost upon us. It won’t feel like closure until we actually fill in the bubbles on …
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The Capitol Beat: October 6-10, 2014

“We hope someday, there will be the same level of services for children with mental health care needs as there are for children with medical needs,” — Dr. Lisa Namerow, a child and adolescent psychiatrist at the Institute of Living who practices at the Connecticut Children’s Medical Center, reacting to Governor Malloy’s plan released this …
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