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Thursday roundup

by: ctblogger

Thu Dec 20, 2012 at 10:32:04 AM EST

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  • You can download a copy of the Dec. 17th edition of the Newtown Bee at the following link (pdf).

  • CTNJ: "General Assembly Erases Deficit With Bipartisan Support"
    Eliminating the red ink from this year's budget was no easy task, but lawmakers on both sides of the aisle said they were able to work out their differences with the Newtown shooting as the backdrop.

    The bipartisan package the House and the Senate adopted Wednesday night reduces the amount the state spends on hospitals, social services, and education. It also eliminates longevity bonuses for non-union state employees and raises about $26 million in revenue by changing how some programs operate.

    The package does not include cuts to nonprofit community service providers.

    Nonprofit community providers, who offer services to the developmentally disabled and other vulnerable populations, will retain their 1 percent cost-of-living increase. There was talk it would be eliminated, but House Majority Leader Brendan Sharkey, D-Hamden, said that was something Democrats felt "we had to hold onto."

    Overall, the package erases $252.3 million of the $365 million deficit and Gov. Dannel P. Malloy's rescission package takes care of the remainder. State Comptroller Kevin Lembo projected a $415 million deficit on Dec. 1.

    The House passed the bill 140-3 shortly before 8 p.m. at what felt like record speed because of the bipartisan agreement. The Senate passed it 31-3 after two hours of debate. Sens. Len Suzio, Joseph Markley, and Anthony Guglielmo voted against the measure.

  • Well said!
    A newly elected state representative from Bridgeport, Christina Ayala, would do herself and the public a service if she were to step aside instead of taking office in January. Ayala not only has multiple criminal charges pending, but she appears to have misled both state elections officials and the voters of the 128th District who elected her.
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