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  • State Employee Fired In Food Stamp Scandal; 1199 Union Worker

    01/19/2012 4:24:37 PM PST · by matt04 · 1 replies
    A state employee has been fired in the emergency food stamp fraud scandal after receiving $200 in benefits, officials said Wednesday. The union worker was terminated for understating her income while applying for the federal benefits, said her attorney, Rich Rochlin. She has been employed as a healthcare worker for the past six years at Connecticut Valley Hospital in Middletown for the state Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services. Rochlin declined to release the worker's name, citing attorney-client privilege and saying he has not been authorized by the client to release her identity. Rochlin's client, who is single, claimed...
  • (CT) Budget hovers on brink of deficit as Malloy's fiscal cushion erodes quickly

    01/18/2012 3:48:47 PM PST · by matt04 · 9 replies
    Gov. Dannel P. Malloy's vaunted fiscal cushion has begun to erode quickly, and an underperforming state income tax is the chief culprit. Fiscal analysts for the executive and legislative branches agreed on a consensus revenue report late Tuesday that pushes the current budget to the brink of a deficit -- or possibly over it. More importantly, the controversial half-a-billion-dollar surplus Malloy and the legislature built into next year's budget -- after a record-setting tax increase -- has been chopped in half in less than seven months. And the worsening fiscal picture also creates one more problem for Malloy, or more...
  • Judge rules (CT) trooper layoffs unconstitutional

    01/16/2012 3:52:13 PM PST · by matt04 · 13 replies · 1+ views
    A Superior Court judge has ruled that state trooper layoffs ordered by Gov. Dannel Malloy last year are unconstitutional. Last year, 56 state police troopers were laid off during the summer after they rejected part of a concessions agreement put out by Malloy's administration to deal with the state budget deficit. All of the state police troopers got their jobs back, collected six weeks of unemployment, which was less than their pay. But they say that's not the point. They sued because they say Malloy didn't have the authority to lay them off. It is unclear whether the state will...
  • Conn. Senator seeks to cap state gas tax

    01/06/2012 2:25:00 PM PST · by matt04 · 5 replies
    A Republican state senator from Meriden says he plans to introduce legislation next month that caps one of Connecticut's two taxes on gasoline sales. Sen. Leonard Suzio said Thursday that his bill would cap the gross receipts tax whenever the price of gas hits $3 a gallon. The gross receipts tax fluctuates when the wholesale price of gasoline fluctuates. There is a fixed 25-cent-per-gallon state tax. The gross receipts tax adds about another 25 cents per gallon. Suzio and the Stamford-based Gasoline and Automotive Service Dealers of America are circulating a citizens' petition, urging Gov. Dannel P. Malloy to back...
  • 9 More (CT) State Employees Suspected Of Fraud, Governor Says

    12/12/2011 12:02:48 PM PST · by matt04 · 5 replies
    Nine more state employees are suspected of filing "false and misleading" applications for post-Irene food stamps, the governor's office announced Monday. This brings to 24 the total number of employees under suspicion of fraud in the emergency food stamp program known as D-SNAP. The 15 already announced have been notified of the dates of their individual disciplinary hearings, Gov. Dannel P. Malloy said in a statement. The administration has not publicly announced the identities of the employees. Monday's announcement said "several agencies" were notified of the latest names to surface. Sunday night, The Courant's Dave Altimari reported that a 13-year...
  • CL&P's Jeff Butler resigns

    Connecticut Light & Power's president and CEO, Jeff Butler is resigning, Northeast Utilities has confirmed. Northeast Utilities' Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer Charles W. Shivery, said Thursday the utility company has accepted Butler's resignation, effective immediately. Butler came under fire from his handling of the massive power outages during a freak October snow storm that left more than 800,000 CL&P customers without power, some for as long as 12 days. Noreen Cameron of West Hartford said one of the worst mistakes CL&P made was saying 99 percent of their customers would have their power back on the Sunday following...
  • Gov. Malloy: CL & P is a 'Greatly Humbled Entity'

    11/08/2011 4:02:26 PM PST · by matt04 · 10 replies
    Gov. Dannel P. Malloy said he does not feel there will be push back from Connecticut Light & Power as lawmakers look to implement changes to prevent long power outages in the future. “I think they are a greatly humbled entity and, rightly so, and I would expect a willingness to embrace best practices that are brought to their attention and I would expect they would invest in those best practices. If they fail to do so, they do so at their own risk,” Malloy said at a press conference Tuesday afternoon. CL&P has been making progress on restoring power...
  • Malloy 'Increasingly Skeptical' CL&P Can Meet Sunday Outage Deadline

    11/05/2011 6:44:51 PM PDT · by matt04 · 36 replies
    Connecticut Light & Power wrestled outages down to the 12 percent level by Saturday night, restoring power to tens of thousands of people but still leaving about a dozen towns from Farmington to Union mostly cold and dark. And in his bleakest forecast yet, Gov. Dannel P. Malloy said CL&P would have to substantially speed up its work pace to make its self-imposed deadline of delivering power to 99 percent of its customers before midnight Sunday. "I've been skeptical and I'm becoming increasingly skeptical by the hour," Malloy said at a Saturday evening press conference. The governor directed CL&P to...
  • Malloy declares state of emergency

    10/29/2011 6:11:10 PM PDT · by matt04 · 29 replies
    Winter Storm Alfred delivered an early blast of heavy, wet snow on Saturday that knocked out power to more than a half million homes. Gov. Dannel Malloy declared a state of emergency and said power could take days to be restored in some parts of the state. He also said that one person was killed in a storm-related crash in Colchester and a Connecticut State Police Trooper was injured in a different crash. "We would like people to stay off the roads as much as possible," said Malloy. Connecticut State Police said motorists traveling on Connecticut's roads need to be...
  • Self-Reliance To Self-Pity: Road Now Most Traveled (Mark Steyn)

    10/28/2011 4:57:47 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 21 replies
    IBD Editorials ^ | October 28, 2011 | MARK STEYN
    Last Thursday was officially "Diaper Need Awareness Day" in the state of Connecticut. Were you aware of it? There are so many awareness-raising days, it's hard to keep track. Maybe we could have an Awareness-Raising Day Awareness Day. At any rate, the first annual Diaper Need Awareness Day was proclaimed by Dan Malloy, governor of the Nutmeg State, and they had a big old awareness-raising get-together in New Haven. It's not clear yet whether they've got an official ribbon. We're running a bit low on ribbon colors these days: It's not just pink ribbons for breast cancer, but also teal...
  • Connecticut Officials Push Washington To Offer Free Diapers To Poor Mothers

    10/26/2011 10:26:34 AM PDT · by Biggirl · 23 replies ^ | October 26, 2011 | Stephen Clark
    Call it a baby stimulus. Connecticut Gov. Dan Malloy has declared Thursday “Diaper Need Awareness Day” as part of a campaign by The Nutmeg State to pressure Washington into providing free diapers to low-income families. Supporters will host a fundraiser and a panel discussion in New Haven on the public health risks for babies whose diapers aren't changed frequently enough.
  • (CT) State Lawmaker Wants to Change the Date of Halloween to Ensure it Always Falls on a Saturday

    10/25/2011 1:53:25 PM PDT · by matt04 · 15 replies
    Everyone knows Halloween in celebrated on Oct. 31 but a state lawmaker wants to tamper with tradition to ensure the holiday is always marked on a weekend. State Rep. Tim Larson is proposing that the legislature designate the last Saturday in October as Halloween. He says it would make the holiday less harried for working parents, safer for trick-or-treaters and boost the economy as well. "Halloween is fun night for the whole family, but not so much when you have to race home from work, get the kids ready for trick or treating, welcome the neighborhood children, and then try...
  • (CT) State doesn't wait for overdue union efficiency ideas

    10/23/2011 3:54:35 PM PDT · by matt04 · 2 replies
    State employee unions insist they can make government more efficient without cutting vital services, but they are fumbling their chance to prove it. The labor-management panels that were to identify $170 million in efficiencies as part of last summer's concession deal haven't met yet. And with the fiscal year already 3-½ months along, Gov. Dannel P. Malloy's administration seems to have moved on, drawing its own blueprint to determine which state agencies will be cut to cover nearly all of the concession savings target. Robert Rinker, the executive director of Local 2001 of the CSEA/SEIU, formerly the Connecticut State Employees...
  • Video: Radio Host Mike Malloy Incites October2011 Crowd to Call for Bush’s Execution

    10/08/2011 11:25:20 PM PDT · by Nachum · 10 replies
    Verum Serum ^ | 10/8/11 | John
    There are two simultaneous protests taking place in Washington right now, Occupy DC and October2011. Here’s liberal radio host Mike Malloy speaking to the October2011 crowd. Malloy starts by comparing the invasion of Afghanistan by the “Bush crime family” to Nazi war crimes. He then adds that the Nuremberg trials resulted in hanging for senior leaders found guilty. At this point someone in the crowd yells “Let’s do it again!” and Malloy responds “Yeah!” Several more people in the crowd join in apparent agreement:
  • Connecticut Governor Enacts Card Check Through Executive Order

    09/22/2011 12:34:58 PM PDT · by Nachum · 48 replies · 1+ views
    Big Government ^ | 9/22/11 | Dr. Susan Berry
    Continuing a fiat governance style that is right out of the Obama playbook, Democratic and Working Families Party Governor Dannel Malloy issued two executive orders yesterday that will force daycare providers and home healthcare workers in Connecticut to join unions. The orders, his ninth and tenth since taking office in January, will force the state’s 4,000 daycare providers to add over $1 million in dues to union coffers, and remove the right to secret ballot election for these workers by instituting a card check process.
  • Malloy Signs 2 Executive Orders For Union Rights (CT Governor Emulates Obama)

    09/21/2011 4:25:21 PM PDT · by raybbr · 10 replies ^ | September 21, 2011 | CHRISTOPHER KEATING
    HARTFORD — Following up on a failed legislative attempt, Gov. Dannel P. Malloy signed two executive orders Wednesday to help pave the way for the future unionization of two groups of low-paid workers. The legislature has debated the unionization of day-care providers and personal-care attendants but has been unable to turn the bill into law. In a statement Wednesday, Malloy said: "I have said repeatedly that I believe in the rights of workers to organize and collectively bargain, and personal care attendants and family child care providers are often-times the hardest-working and lowest-paid workers in our job force. These executive...
  • Malloy orders limited negotiating rights for home care aides, child care workers

    09/21/2011 2:55:34 PM PDT · by matt04 · 1 replies
    The CT Mirror ^ | September 21, 2011 | Arielle Levin Becker
    Gov. Dannel P. Malloy has signed two executive orders providing a path for child care workers and home care attendants who work in state-funded programs to organize and gain collective bargaining rights. The orders enact scaled-back versions of legislative proposals that did not pass this year and, in the case of home care workers, generated intense opposition. While the proposals would have given collective bargaining rights to family child care providers and personal care attendants, the executive orders establish working groups that would report to the governor by February on how best to establish collective bargaining rights for the two...
  • (CT) DMV closures mean more wait time

    07/15/2011 10:37:30 PM PDT · by matt04 · 21 replies
    Old Saybrook, Conn. - The Connecticut Department of Motor Vehicles commissioner says Gov. Dannel Malloy's budget cuts will add 20 to 30 minutes to customers' time waiting in line because of layoffs and branch closings. Commissioner Melody Currey says the department aims to maintain the core services it provides but there will definitely be an effect on customers. She told reporters more options will be provided for conducting transactions online to help ease the crunch in the remaining branches. She said Friday the department is laying off 123 people and eliminating 28 vacant positions.
  • Unions want to reopen budget talks with Malloy

    07/05/2011 4:11:24 PM PDT · by matt04 · 13 replies · 1+ views
    Trying to stop the layoffs of at least 6,000 workers, union leaders are asking Gov. Dannel Malloy to come back to the table to work out a concession agreement that will get passed by state workers. On Tuesday, the State Employees Bargaining Agent Coalition sent a letter to Malloy asking to reopen talks. Larry Dorman, a SEBAC said the leaders are not necessarily asking to "renegotiate" the labor savings and concessions agreement that failed to garner enough support for ratification. SEBAC leaders have not said specifically what would be part of a new concession agreement, but they are optimistic they...
  • New Laws, New Taxes Take Effect July 1

    07/01/2011 11:10:08 AM PDT · by matt04 · 8 replies
    They were a busy bunch in Hartford this year. During the 5-month-long 2011 legislative session, the General Assembly passed a wide range of bills changing the rules on everything from finance and taxation to social policy. With the first Democratic governor in 20 years and a Democratic majority in the statehouse, it proved to be one of the busiest sessions in recent years. It also proved to be one of the most expensive for state residents: Lawmakers enacted the largest tax increase in the state’s history. ... The general sales and use tax rate increases from 6 to 6.35 percent;...
  • (CT) DMV Fees Increasing on July 1

    06/30/2011 10:12:00 PM PDT · by matt04 · 4 replies · 1+ views
    The state's fiscal woes are about to hit motorists right in their wallets. Effective July 1, several Department of Motor Vehicles fees will increase and a number of new laws will be on the books. The changes, all results of legislative action during the recent session of the General Assembly, cover a wide variety of services and responsibilities that DMV provides to the public. “These fee increases are modest and are part of the shared sacrifice needed to help resolve the state’s budget issues,” DMV Commissioner Melody A. Currey said. Currey also said that the law changes are part of...
  • (CT) Labor deal rejected; Malloy wants authority to cut budget himself

    06/24/2011 7:55:49 PM PDT · by matt04 · 7 replies
    An AFSCME local representing correction officers rejected the concession deal in voting tallied today, formalizing what has been apparent for days: the unions' tentative agreement with Gov. Dannel P. Malloy for $1.6 billion in savings over two years is dead. Malloy said he will ask the legislature in a special session Thursday to authorize him to now make the necessary spending cuts to balance the budget, rather than present detailed revisions for lawmakers to approve. He said granting him that authority would be the quickest and easiest way to amend the budget. "I'm going to do everything in my power...
  • Malloy: Layoffs will be 'large scale' and quick

    06/23/2011 1:27:36 PM PDT · by matt04 · 17 replies
    The CT Mirror ^ | JUne 23, 2011 | Mark Pazniokas
    Gov. Dannel P. Malloy said today he will outline spending reductions and mass layoffs next week in response to the apparent collapse of his $1.6 billion concessions deal with state employees. "We're talking about large-scale position reductions pretty quickly," Malloy said after speaking at an economic development event at the University of Hartford. With notice requirements, most of the affected employees will lose their jobs by Sept. 1, he said. Speaking publicly for the first time since it became clear Wednesday that the concession deal was faltering, Malloy was restrained and even rueful in his response. Voting on the deal...
  • As (CT) concessions face defeat, unions and administration react cautiously

    06/22/2011 2:50:15 PM PDT · by matt04 · 1 replies
    On the eve of a vote that is expected to kill a tentative union concession plan, a top adviser to Gov. Dannel P. Malloy said the administration might be open to a reconsideration of the deal by bargaining units that voted it down, but won't offer new terms. Union spokesmen called the question of reconsideration premature while some bargaining units are still voting. Malloy's senior adviser, Roy Occhiogrosso, said the governor remains adamant that the tentative deal will not be renegotiated. However, he said the administration might be willing to clarify the terms of the agreement now on the table....
  • 77 Higher Taxes For CT

    06/19/2011 3:49:09 AM PDT · by raybbr · 26 replies
    Yankee ^ | Jun 13, 2011 | N/A
    HARTFORD – According to a new tally by the Yankee Institute, the State of Connecticut will impose at least 77 separate tax increases over 24 categories as part of the changes recently made by the General Assembly.1. Raises income tax on individuals making as little as $50K and couples making at least $100K a. Expands the number of brackets from 3 to 6 b. “Bracket Creep” shifts many taxpayers into higher brackets c. Highest marginal rate rises from 6.5% to 6.7% d. Phases out the 3% tax bracket for taxpayers with CT AGI of over 56,500 for individuals, $100,500 for...
  • First 'no' votes cast In labor savings deal

    06/17/2011 10:58:33 AM PDT · by matt04 · 2 replies
    HARTFORD, Conn. - State workers have started voting on the labor savings and concession plan aimed at closing the state budget, and while it's still early, so far the results have been mixed. On Thursday, the deal that's needed to balance the state's budget received its first negative votes. AFSCME Local 749 rejected the proposed changes to retirement and health care benefits and wage-related changes. AFSCME Local 749 represents about 600 Judicial Branch employees. Eyewitness News learned Local 387, which represents correction officers, counselors and staff, also rejected the plan, while another bargaining unit that represents officers and maintenance staff...
  • Malloy's approval among Conn. voters remains low

    06/15/2011 4:43:45 PM PDT · by matt04 · 16 replies
    HARTFORD, Conn. - A new statewide poll released Wednesday shows Democratic Gov. Dannel P. Malloy continues to suffer from low public approval ratings, with the majority of voters disagreeing with how he's handled the state budget. A large majority of registered voters, 67 percent, told the Quinnipiac University Poll that taxes should have been raised higher on wealthy taxpayers while 17 percent said the tax increases have been spread fairly. The two-year, $40.1 billion budget approved by the Democratic controlled General Assembly raises taxes by $1.4 billion in the first year and $1.2 billion in the second. Malloy has said...
  • Amazon Severs Ties With Conn. Retailers Over Tax

    06/10/2011 9:20:44 PM PDT · by matt04 · 23 replies
    HARTFORD, Conn. -- says it is severing its relationships with affiliates in Connecticut because of a new state tax on certain online purchases. The retail giant gave notice Friday in a letter to small retailers in the state that until now have received fees for funneling sales to Amazon. The affiliates sell products through Amazon or offer links to Amazon on their own websites. ... Under the new budget, sales tax will be collected when somebody purchases an item online through a website based in Connecticut.
  • Is Malloy Staying True To His Word?

    05/26/2011 3:32:42 PM PDT · by matt04 · 7 replies
    HARTFORD, Conn. -- Gov. Dannel Malloy took office during one of the nation's worst recessions. After two months in office, he dropped a bombshell by announcing the largest tax increase in state history. He did so, despite saying that he felt the middle class was paying an unfair burden in taxes and that he wanted to build a system that was fair to the middle class. Under Malloy’s tax plan, which passed the state Legislature, the average middle class family will pay between $800 and $900 more a year. Everything is going up: the income tax, the sales tax, even...
  • Solar-Powered Carport Unveiled In Plainville (CT)

    05/26/2011 2:35:35 PM PDT · by matt04 · 13 replies
    PLAINVILLE, Conn. -- Gov. Dannel Malloy joined General Electric officials and employees Thursday in the unveiling of GE's electric vehicle solar carport in Plainville. The 216-by-40-foot, carport includes four hook-ups for plugging in electric cars, and all the power will come from the solar panels. Company officials said it's one of the largest solar carport projects in North America. They said it can provide clean energy alternatives to oil and biofuels and will last at least 25 years. "Living in an area where you drive less than 100 miles a day, which is really what most people do here, the...
  • (CT) Paid Sick Day Bill Passes State Senate

    05/25/2011 5:50:28 PM PDT · by matt04 · 6 replies
    HARTFORD, Conn. -- The state Senate approved a bill Wednesday that would require some employers to provide sick days to employees. The bill passed after being amended to narrow the focus. The bill will cover only the service sector jobs where the public health threat is greatest when workers have to come to work sick. Gov. Dannel P. Malloy applauded the 18 senators who voted to pass the bill, saying "This piece of legislation is a reasonable compromise that represents good public policy." The bill now goes on to the House of Representatives. It is expected to take up the...
  • Two CT Legislators Opposed To Busway Ask Boehner To Block Funds

    05/22/2011 1:55:09 PM PDT · by matt04 · 13 replies
    HARTFORD —— Signaling that the fight over the controversial New Britain busway isn't finished, two state legislators are asking one of the top Republicans in Congress to block the project. "There is no popular support for the project. The average person understands that it makes no sense, even in flush times," Sen. Joe Markley, R-Southington, and Rep. Whit Betts, R-Bristol, said in a letter to House Speaker John Boehner. "We urge you to do all in your power to stop the federal funding." Connecticut is asking the Federal Transit Administration for $275 million to help build the roughly $570 million...
  • Malloy Reaches Deal With Unions: Concessions, But No Layoffs For 4 Years

    05/13/2011 10:46:43 PM PDT · by matt04 · 11 replies
    HARTFORD — Capping months of secretive talks, Gov. Dannel P. Malloy and state-employee union leaders reached a deal Friday to save $1.6 billion over the next two years in exchange for a promise not to lay off unionized workers for the next four years. Malloy came up short of his goal of $2 billion in concessions and savings over two years, but the $400 million shortfall would be covered by spending cuts and better-than-expected tax collections. Malloy, his staff, and the unions all declined to provide details until the unionized workers are notified of the deal — a process that...
  • Study: Conn. Residents Overtaxed

    05/10/2011 4:23:21 PM PDT · by matt04 · 19 replies
    MANCHESTER, Conn. -- The Washington-based Tax Foundation found that when one calculates the average tax burden for people in each state, Connecticut ranks No. 1. The calculation includes federal, state, and local taxes. New Jersey and New York follow Connecticut close behind. States with the lowest tax burden states are South Carolina, Tennessee and Mississippi. ... The Tax Foundation calculated that two hours out of an eight-hour workday goes toward paying taxes.
  • Lib Talker: When Will Navy SEALs Take Out George W. Bush? (Mike Malloy)

    05/04/2011 5:41:12 PM PDT · by tcrlaf · 39 replies
    Real Clear Politics ^ | 5-4-11 | Newsbusters via RCP
    "So when does Seal Unit 6, or whatever it's called, drop in on George Bush? Bush was responsible for a lot more death, innocent death, than bin Laden. Wasn't he, or am I wrong here?," Liberal radio talk show host Mike Malloy said on his show Monday evening.
  • Malloy to Join Obama at Ground Zero

    05/04/2011 3:58:32 PM PDT · by matt04 · 15 replies
    NBC Connecticut ^ | Bob Connors
    Gov. Dannel Malloy will join President Obama at Ground Zero Thursday for a wreath-laying ceremony to honor those lost on 9/11. The President made the decision to visit the site of the World Trade Center attacks after Sunday's announcement that a Navy SEAL team had killed Osama bin Laden in a compound inside Pakistan. News of bin Laden's death was bittersweet for the families who lost loved one's in the Sept. 11 attacks orchestrated by the terrorist leader. Gov. Malloy was invited by President Obama to Thursday's noon ceremony to represent the 152 people who lived or had ties to...
  • Malloy Prepares For Layoffs Of State Workers

    05/04/2011 3:32:16 PM PDT · by matt04 · 4 replies
    HARTFORD, Conn. -- Gov. Dannel P. Malloy's budget director met with Connecticut commissioners and department heads to prepare for the possibility of laying off "thousands and thousands" of state employees in case a $2 billion deal on labor savings is not reached. Malloy signed his first budget into law, calling it tough, fair and honest, but the two-year, $40.1 billion plan that became law on Wednesday is not yet finished. It relies on $2 billion in labor savings over two years that have not yet been negotiated with state employees. Malloy says he's still hoping a deal can be reached...
  • Bond Commission Approves Busway Project

    04/29/2011 3:20:40 PM PDT · by matt04 · 4 replies
    HARTFORD, Conn. -- The State Bond Commission has approved nearly $90 million in bonds to begin construction on a planned busway between New Britain and Hartford. The vote came despite concerns raised by Republican members about the project's high price tag. Malloy announced this month that he was backing the project, estimated to cost more than $572 million. He said he was reluctant to risk losing federal funding for the paved, 9.4-mile corridor. The federal government is expected to spend nearly $460 million on the project. Connecticut has already spent more than $23 million on design and acquiring property.
  • (CT) Lawmakers Look To Revamp State Power Tax

    04/28/2011 6:39:40 PM PDT · by matt04 · 4 replies
    HARTFORD, Conn. -- Leaders of the General Assembly's Energy Committee are trying to persuade the governor and legislative leaders to change the latest version of a proposed tax on electric generators, predicting the extra expense will be passed on to consumers and businesses. ... The compromise $72 million energy tax plan replaced an earlier bill that would have raised $340 million, with $332 million coming from the Millstone nuclear power plants.
  • (CT) Lawmaker Attempts to Hide From Angry Taxpayers

    04/28/2011 11:41:00 AM PDT · by matt04 · 16 replies
    NBC Connecticut ^ | LeAnne Gendreau
    How much are legislators feeling the pressure of voting on a budget that raises taxes during an economic crisis? Rep. Zeke Zalaski, a Democrat from Southington, has taken the legislative plates off his car because of complaints he gets about taxes when he fills up with gas, he told NBC Connecticut Wednesday. He wants Gov. Dannel Malloy, also a Democrat, to raise taxes only on the wealthy, something Malloy has said he will try not to do. Right now, Malloy's budget includes increases in the income tax, as well as tax hikes on cigarettes, alcohol and gasoline.
  • Malloy: State Pensions Are Not "Sustainable"

    04/08/2011 2:46:15 PM PDT · by matt04 · 6 replies
    Gov. Dannel P. Malloy said Friday that the state's pension system is not "sustainable'' under the current system. The pension system has been underfunded for years, and the fund paid out $1.2 billion per year for 43,000 beneficiaries in 2010. Pensions are currently a topic of discussion on the closed-door talks as Malloy is trying to obtain $2 million in concessions and savings from the unions over the next two years. Public records, compiled into a database by the Hartford-based Yankee Institute, show that 378 retired state workers received pensions last year of more than $100,000. "If I had known...
  • State (CT) Could Require Paid Sick Days

    03/01/2011 3:37:42 PM PST · by matt04 · 27 replies
    Connecticut is likely to be the first state in the country to require paid sick leave for workers in companies that have at least 50 employees, under a bill state legislators expect to enact this year. For every 40 hours worked, an employee would be entitled to one hour paid sick leave. Former Gov. M. Jodi Rell vetoed a similar bill, but Gov. Dannel Malloy has said he supports paid sick leave. A Newington woman said not having sick days almost cost her life. "I would never take off for work for anything, not even a funeral," said Cheryl Foulston,...
  • Gov. Malloy Proposes Measure To 'Tax' Coupons (tax original, not sale price)

    02/27/2011 4:19:29 PM PST · by matt04 · 28 replies
    HARTFORD, Conn. -- Devotees of coupons and discounts are angry at Gov. Dannel P. Malloy's proposal to slap a new sales tax on the original price of a good or service rather than the discounted price. Ending the sales tax exemptions for coupons, discounts and automobile trade-ins are among tax exemptions Malloy has proposed ending to help close the state's projected $3.5 billion deficit. For example, the tax would be imposed on the $30 price of a blouse, not the $15 sales price. ... Like many avid couponers, Juliano pays little or nothing for items after matching coupons with sales....
  • Malloy's Approach to Budget Mess is Unique

    02/20/2011 7:15:46 AM PST · by Stingray51 · 38 replies
    Greenwich Time ^ | February 19, 2011 | SUSAN HAIGH, Associated Press
    While other governors are waging tense battles with state employees, proposing deep spending cuts and taking no-tax-increase pledges to cover their budget shortfalls, Connecticut Gov. Dannel P. Malloy -- whose wealthy state faces the largest per capita deficit in the nation -- is taking a different tack. ... Malloy is unapologetic about proposing a budget that raises taxes on everything from personal income to haircuts.... Malloy also admits he's "not one of those people who dislikes government," a defiant political statement these days given the national tea party movement and demands for major cuts in government spending.... "He's different in...
  • (CT) AFL-CIO chief wants more taxes, not employee concessions

    02/18/2011 12:10:03 PM PST · by matt04 · 17 replies
    Organized labor made two complaints Thursday about Gov. Dannel P. Malloy's proposal for a $1.5 billion tax increase: It's not big enough, and the rich won't pay enough of it. "It has to go much higher," said John Olsen, the president of the Connecticut AFL-CIO. But how high? Is Olsen, a former Democratic state chairman, advising the first Democratic governor in 20 years to rely exclusively on taxes to erase a $3.2 billion deficit? Should Malloy double his proposed tax increase? Olsen wouldn't say. Neither would House Speaker Christopher G. Donovan, D-Meriden, who gave Olsen a 60-second introduction at the...
  • The rich will be hit with higher taxes on luxury services [Connecticut]

    02/16/2011 6:08:49 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 47 replies
    The Connecticut Post ^ | February 16, 2011 | Brittany Lyte
    They are the poster family of Connecticut's Gold Coast. Diane Lembo is a highly recommended, highly compensated cardiac surgeon in Manhattan. Each winter, she and her husband, Tony, an accounting professor, indulge in a monthlong jaunt to tropical climes. They spend summers boating with their two teenage children and Cavalier King Charles Spaniel on Long Island Sound.The Lembos reside in a $1.6 million home in Fairfield's historic Greenfield Hill neighborhood and have three cars. Their lifestyle, however, is about to get a little more expensive. Gov. Dannel P. Malloy this week proposed a package of new taxes on luxury services...
  • Malloy to propose income and sales tax hikes, fewer exemptions

    02/15/2011 8:54:34 AM PST · by YankeeReb · 8 replies
    The CT Mirror ^ | 2/14/2011 | Keith M. Phaneuf and Mark Pazniokas
    Gov. Dannel P. Malloy intends to propose one of the largest tax increases in state history Wednesday, seeking $1.5 billion in new annual revenue from income tax hikes on the wealthy and middle classes, and new sales taxes on clothing and other long-exempt products and services. In a plan outlined Monday to The Mirror by his senior staff, Malloy also would extend the corporate tax surcharge for another two years and restrict tax credits for the motion picture industry, while modestly increasing incentives for research and development. The sales tax rate would change for the first time in 20 years,...
  • Connecticut Budget: Malloy starts with tax increases, where are the cuts?

    02/14/2011 9:49:55 PM PST · by matt04 · 24 replies
    I’m serious. I’m waiting to hear about these supposed $2 billion in cuts. Total spending by the state of Connecticut has increased from $13.4 billion in 2001 to an estimated $26.1 billion dollars in 2011. That’s almost doubling the state budget in 10 years. Connecticut did not ride the TEA Party conservative wave, and we may just pay for it big-time. Today, news broke from the capital that “there will be pain” with talks of an increase in the income tax for those earning more than $50,000 and couples earning $100,000. That’s a tax increase on the middle class and...
  • Malloy Proposes Largest Tax Hike In History

    02/14/2011 2:43:10 PM PST · by matt04 · 22 replies
    HARTFORD, Conn. -- Gov. Dannel Malloy proposed one of the largest tax increases in state history on Wednesday. Malloy said he was seeking $1.5 billion in new annual revenue from income tax hikes on the wealthy and middle class, and new sales tax on clothing and other long-exempt products and services. Malloy's revenue-raising plan involves overhauling the largely flat state income tax, replacing its three rates with eight. But most of the changes, in terms of detail, occur at the middle-income levels.
  • Say What? Jan. 30, 2011 Edition

    01/30/2011 2:09:03 PM PST · by Starman417 · 3 replies
    Flopping Aces ^ | 01-30-11 | Gary Kukis
    Liberals: Radio talk show host Mike Malloy, not quite ready to join Obama in this new civility thing: "Rush Limbaugh choking on his throat fat - that you know, to me, that is not a threat. I can't, I wish I could, but I can't reach into his throat and jiggle up his throat fat so he suffocates. I can't do it." James Eric Fuller, 63, who was shot in the knee in Arizona, told The Post the day before his arrest, that top Republican figures should be tortured -- and their ears severed: "There would be torture and...