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Incoming Republican Senate Leader Kevin Kelly: The FCBJ Interview

"We don’t always agree," Kelly (R-Stratford) says of Gov. Ned Lamont. "I don’t expect for us to always agree, but as long as discussions can be held in a candid and frank way, we can work together."

State report says CT facing $4.3B budget deficit over next two...

The state's Special Transportation Fund could become insolvent by 2024, according to the nonpartisan Office of Fiscal Analysis.

CT revenue collections improve; State GOP wants to discuss budget now

Revenue estimates in the current fiscal year have improved by $326 million from October’s estimate, and by $875 million and $704 million in each year of the next biennium from the April forecast.

CT budget deficit forecast cut by 40% – but state hardly...

Office of Policy and Management Secretary Melissa McCaw has decreased Connecticut’s projected budget deficit by 40% – although the figure remains at $1.2 billion. Last month...

CT surprises by ending FY20 with surplus, but future outlook remains...

The Lamont administration is predicting a $2.1 billion deficit for FY21, which began on July 1, and a $3.5 billion deficit for fiscal 2022 and 2023.

Connecticut’s rainy day fund is helping state stay afloat – but...

Justin Theal, an officer with The Pew Charitable Trusts’ State Fiscal Health team, calls Connecticut “one of the most financially secure states going into the recession.”

General Assembly ends regular session with a whimper; Special session expected...

The chambers may have to change their voting protocols, with social distancing mandates expected to remain in place for the foreseeable future. Staggering votes on the floor by 10 members at a time, or allowing voting to be done by video feed, are among the approaches being considered.

Reactions to Lamont’s speech, budget: Good, but room for improvement

On tolls, Fairfield First Selectwoman Brenda Kupchick said the governor “needs to once and for all just give it up. He’s changed positions so many times, and the way it stands now it’s not going to make anywhere near the money that’s needed.”

Economic growth, legalizing pot, protecting climate highlight Lamont’s budget

Lamont’s $22.3 budget proposal keeps taxes essentially flat, while projecting a Budget Reserve Fund of $2.8 billion by the close of Fiscal Year 2020.

CT will end year $22.9 million in the red, OPM Secretary...

"Agencies are making efforts to curtail hiring and discretionary expenditures, and the governor is prepared to exercise recission authority if necessary to mitigate against ending the year with an operating deficit," according to McCaw.

Lamont signs $43.4 billion budget; Fasano derides it as ‘sham’

"We were looking at a $3.7 billion deficit, and today I am proud to say that we’ve closed it without an increase to tax rates and while ensuring that the safety net remains intact for the most vulnerable in our communities,” Lamont said.

Lamont, focusing on budget, pushes tolls to special session

“Democrat leadership appears lost,” according to Senate Republican President Pro Tempore Len Fasano.

Lamont, Dems at odds over some budget items; GOP questions Gov’s...

GOP leader Len Fasano wondered if the governor is "going to take a stand on anything, or is he going to continue operating in fear of Democrat legislators?”

Appropriations passes $43.3B budget; GOP decry ‘massive step backward’

Gov. Ned Lamont greeted the proposal with enthusiasm, while Senate Republican President Pro Tempore Len Fasano said it would result in a state tax increase “of well over $1 billion."

Preliminary state budget vote due today in Hartford

After expected passage by the General Assembly, the legislature and the governor will have five weeks to negotiate the budget’s fine points.