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A Concession Deal Struck, But Still No Budget

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A Concession Deal Struck, But Still No Budget

By Paul Stern | CTMirror.org

The month in Connecticut started with political drama and a squeaky close vote on a package of wage and benefit concessions critical to shaping the Connecticut state budget – when the legislature can finally adopt one. As is often the case, however, Connecticut’s politics were upstaged by events at the White House, where President Donald…

House, Senate Democrats Unable to Agree on Provisional Budget

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House, Senate Democrats Unable to Agree on Provisional Budget

By Keith M. Phaneuf | CTMirror

Connecticut’s prospects of enacting a state budget — even a provisional one — before the new fiscal year begins July 1 appeared to slip away late night on June 26 as House and Senate Democrats were unable to agree on a path forward. After closed-door talks between House and Senate Democrats bogged down over several…

School Funding on Trial: High Court Rejects Speeding Up Appeal

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School Funding on Trial: High Court Rejects Speeding Up Appeal

By Jacqueline Rabe Thomas | CTMirror.org

The Connecticut Supreme Court has denied the state’s unusual request that they speed up hearing arguments against a lower court’s controversial ruling that the state’s way of distributing school aid is irrational and unconstitutional. With the court’s decision not to hear the case the first week of May, the next window for the justices to hear the appeal will…

Early Malloy Announcement Gives Dems a Fundraising Head Start

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Early Malloy Announcement Gives Dems a Fundraising Head Start

By Keith M. Phaneuf | CT.Mirror.com

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy’s relatively early announcement on April 13, not to seek re-election, gave his fellow Democrats seeking the gubernatorial nomination a crucial head start in fundraising. But if initial Republican responses are any indication, the governor’s decision won’t deter the GOP from making the 2018 race a referendum on Malloy’s record. “I’ve obviously…

Proactive Undocumented Immigrants Encouraged to Make Plans for the Worse

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Proactive Undocumented Immigrants Encouraged to Make Plans for the Worse

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Immigrants fearing detention or deportation are trying to be proactive and appoint a guardian to look after their children in case they are detained and are unable to care for them. Randy Capps of the Migration Policy Institute (MPI), a Washington-based non-profit that analyzes the movement of people worldwide, recently told Reuters that while putting…

Malloy Budgets for Big Raises Yet Seeks Union Concessions

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Malloy Budgets for Big Raises Yet Seeks Union Concessions

By By Keith M. Phaneuf - CT MIRROR

While most details of Gov. Dannel P. Malloy’s budget proposal have been dissected repeatedly since he unveiled it five weeks ago, one still-looming question could have a huge impact on state finances for many years. Why does that two-year budget include $800 million for state employee raises — an amount that far exceeds anything Malloy…

Community Dialogue Series – Part II  Danbury Police Chief Patrick Ridenhour on ICE

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Community Dialogue Series – Part II Danbury Police Chief Patrick Ridenhour on ICE

By Emanuela Palmares

Editor’s Note: The following story is the second in a three-part series covering a two-hour community dialogue with Mayor Mark Boughton, Danbury Police Chief Patrick Ridenhour and Deputy Superintendent of Schools Dr. Bill Glass on immigration and community relations. We continue the series with the transcript of Chief Ridenhour’s answer to the question posed to…

Community Dialogue Helps Communication Between the City and the Immigrant Community

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Community Dialogue Helps Communication Between the City and the Immigrant Community

By Emanuela Palmares

In light of the recent news stories regarding ICE (Immigration and Customs Enforcement) and the City of Danbury, Tribuna Newspaper organized a community dialogue and panel discussion with Mayor Mark Boughton, Danbury Police Chief Patrick Ridenhour and Deputy Superintendent of Schools Dr. Bill Glass on immigration and community relations. Fifty community leaders and stakeholders from…

Community Dialogue Series- PART I: Mayor Boughton on ICE

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Community Dialogue Series- PART I: Mayor Boughton on ICE

By Emanuela Palmares & Tribuna Staff

Editor’s Note: The following story is the first in a three-part series covering a two-hour community dialogue with Mayor Mark Boughton, Danbury Police Chief Patrick Ridenhour and Deputy Superintendent of Schools Dr. Bill Glass on immigration and community relations. We will begin the series with the transcript of Mayor Boughton’s answer to the question posed…

Debt Costs, Shrinking Revenues Taking Big Toll on Next CT Budget

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Debt Costs, Shrinking Revenues Taking Big Toll on Next CT Budget

By KEITH M. PHANEUF | CTMirror.com

Surging debt costs and shrinking revenues alone will force state officials to cut $1.1 billion to $1.3 billion out of the next state budget to avoid tax hikes, according to separate analyses from two fiscal agencies. But the Fiscal Accountability reports from Gov. Dannel P. Malloy’s budget office and from the legislature’s nonpartisan Office of…