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Connecticut Has A Surplus - For Now

Aug 20, 2018
Office of Policy and Management Secretary Ben Barnes
Chion Wolf / Connecticut Public Radio

State government’s new budget year is off to a healthy start, but there’s good news and bad news in the numbers.

CHION WOLF / CONNECTICUT PUBLIC RADIO

Layoff notices went out Wednesday to 37 New Haven school staff members in the face of a budget deficit.

Most of the pink slips went to guidance counselors. Also laid off were several classroom teachers, library media specialists, and physical education teachers.

Ryan Caron King / WNPR

Employment and health care top the list of issues concerning Connecticut voters, according to a recent poll.

Ryan Caron King/Lori Mack / Connecticut Public Radio

With just three weeks before the August 14 Democratic and Republican primaries, taglines and sound bytes are all the rage in the governor's race. Positions on a substantive issue? Not so much.

Ryan Caron King / Connecticut Public Radio

This hour, we learn about a new online series about "extreme inequality" in Connecticut.

We also look at trends in white shark activity off the coast of Cape Cod.

But first, an update on hurricane-ravaged Puerto Rico. How well-equipped are the island and its residents to face a possible next storm?

Michelle Lee / Creative Commons

Connecticut's General Assembly officially wrapped up the legislative session at midnight Wednesday. In this short session, lawmakers passed bills that ban bump stocks, offer relief for homeowners with crumbling foundations, allow qualified undocumented college students access to a form of financial aid, and give a cost of living raise to nonprofit social service workers. 

Chion Wolf / WNPR

With a Wednesday deadline looming, Democratic leaders in the General Assembly say they are hopeful a bipartisan agreement can be reached on the second year of the two-year budget. Leaders of both parties are meeting in the first cross-party talks Tuesday.

Bridgeport Casino, Hartford Debt Aid Complicate Connecticut Budget Talks

May 4, 2018
Connecticut State Capitol
Jim Bowen / Creative Commons

With just five days left in the legislative session, a stubborn wrinkle is complicating efforts to craft a new state budget: regional politics.

Chion Wolf / Connecticut Public Radio

With Jonathan Harris dropping out of the governor's race and throwing his support behind Ned Lamont, the stars seem to be aligning for the Greenwich cable television entrepreneur to capture the Democratic Party's endorsement at its May 18-19 state convention.

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As state budget cuts have left cash-strapped towns and cities looking for ways to recoup revenue, several nonprofit organizations have been denied their tax-exempt status.

Harriet Jones / Connecticut Public Radio

Last fall, President Donald Trump announced that he wanted the federal government to stop funding the National Endowment for the Arts. Reaction to that proposal was swift and bipartisan -- and in fact, in the budget that passed last month, there’s not a cut, but a tiny increase in arts funding. 

Thomas Macmillan / New Haven Independent

New Haven’s proposed city budget is being criticized by an independent commission. According to the city, they’re looking to close a $14.4 million deficit to keep the budget in balance for the next fiscal year. But the Financial Review & Audit Commission, an independent body appointed by the mayor, says they’re way off.

Chion Wolf / Connecticut Public Radio

The system that oversees private special education schools in Connecticut needs an overhaul, according to a recent state audit. About 3,000 students with severe needs are currently placed in these schools, mostly at the expense of public school districts.

Ryan Caron King / WNPR

A federal budget cycle akin to a wild roller coaster ride ended up boosting funding for some environmental work. With his signature last week, President Donald Trump signed into law a $1.3 trillion spending package that shores up funding for two conservation and research programs in Long Island Sound.

Electric Boat

Connecticut’s entire congressional delegation voted for the omnibus spending bill which was signed, rather grudgingly, last week by President Donald Trump. 

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