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How we learned to love the toll
By Ian Ayres, Steven Berry, Kenneth Gillingham, and Barry Nalebuff, The Hartford Courant, June 14, 2019

Republicans again demand Gov. Ned Lamont explain hundreds of millions in budget savings
By Shannon Larson, The Hartford Courant, June 13, 2019

Partisan battle heats up over whether new CT budget is balanced
Republican's say savings targets will rely on union approval
By Keith M. Phaneuf, The CT Mirror, June 13, 2019

Lamont Says Negotiations Over Union Savings Just Beginning
By Christine Stuart, The CT News Junkie, June 13, 2019

Kevin Rennie: Why United Technologies’ move to Boston matters -- a lot.
By Kevin Rennie, The Hartford Courant, June 13, 2019

Connecticut Spent $63 Million To Settle Lawsuits
By Ebong Udoma, WSHU Public Radio,, ​June 13, 2019

Republican Senate Leader Still Looking For Union Savings
By Christine Stuart, The CT News Junkie, June 12, 2019

UTC’s exit: Relief & recriminations, but little introspection
By Mark Pazinokas, The CT Mirror, June 12, 2019

Taxpayers get taken to the cleaners
The Journal Inquirer, June 11, 2019

Connecticut will review juvenile justice polices
By Daniela Altimari, The Hartford Courant, June 11, 2019

Gov. Lamont willing to scale back toll plans
News 12 Connecticut,, June 11, 2019

The good, bad and uncertainty of CT’s $43.4B budget
By Greg Bordonaro, Editor,, June 10, 2019

Gov. Lamont: no vetoes expected this year
By Christopher Keating, The Hartford Courant, June 7, 2019

Editorial: A better budget, but not a game-changer
By The Day Editorial Board, The Day,  June 7, 2019

Lamont signs gun safety bills, reaffirms commitment to ending violence
By Maya Moore and Jenna Carlesso, The CT Mirror, June 7, 2019

Goodbye, Connecticut, and here’s some advice
There are many changes that must be made in order to right the ship of state
By David Walker, The Hartford Courant, June 6, 2019

Lamont Promises To Continue Work on Health Reform
By Christine Stuart, The CT News Junkie, June 6, 2019 

Lawmakers approve Lamont’s 5G initiative
By Matt Pilon, ​​HBJ Hartford Business, June 6, 2019

Connecticut lawmakers end session marked by partisan wins
By Susan Haigh, Associated Press,  June 6, 2019

Lawmakers seek to revive bill that could allow Canadian prescription drug imports to Connecticut
By Neil Vigdor, The Hartford Courant, June 6, 2019

The Latest: Lamont says lawmakers will be back for tolls
Associated Press, The Stamford Advocate, ​ June 6, 2019

Lamont tells legislators to get ready for overtime
By Mark Pazniokas, The CT Mirror, June 6, 2019

Conning: CT’s credit quality worsens to bottom five nationally
By Joe Cooper, ​HBJ Hartford Business, June 6, 2019

The Latest: Lamont says lawmakers will be back for tolls
Associated Press, The CT Post, June 6, 2019

Op-Ed: Kevin Rennie: Why doesn’t our government like us?
By Kevin Rennie, The Hartford Courant, June 6, 2019

Winners and losers: The 2019 legislative session
By the CT Mirror Staff, The CT Mirror, June 6, 2019

Democrats tout legislative achievements, but signal there is still work to be done
By Shannon Larson, The Hartford Courant, June 6, 2019

2019 General Assembly ends; Lamont thanks legislators for passing budget on time
By Christopher Keating, The Hartford Courant, June 6, 2019

Lamont: We’ll revisit public option health care issue next year
Legislative leaders say final bill had 'too many pieces to get resolved'
By Jenna Carlesso, The CT Mirror, June 6, 2019

​​Facebook group for those fleeing growing fast
By Kaitlyn Krasselt, The CT Post, June 5, 2019

Political blame-game ensues as voting access bill dies
By Kelan Lyons, Report for America Corps Member,  The CT Mirror, June 5, 2019

The Latest: Senate passes Democratic budget plan
Associated Press, The CT Post, June 4, 2019

See how your town fares in the new CT budget
By the CT Mirror Staff, The CT Mirror, June 4, 2019

Senate approves two-year, $43 billion state budget; Gov. Lamont expected to sign
By Christopher Keating, The Hartford Courant, June 4, 2019

A tale of two budgets: Senate Dems back plan over GOP objections
By Keith M. Phaneuf, The CT Mirror, June 4, 2019

A Partisan Budget With No Counter-Proposal
By Emily DiSalvo, The CT News Junkie, June 3, 2019 

Dan Haar: How a $1.7 billion state shortfall melted away
By Dan Haar, The Stamford Advocate, June 3, 2019 

The General Assembly will begin review of a $43 billion budget, with debate expected to begin Monday
By Christopher Keating, The Hartford Courant, June 3, 2019

Major issues: Where the legislature stands with three days left
By Kaitlyn Krasselt, The CT Post,  June 3, 2019

Republicans criticize “pork” in Democratic earmarks
By Ken Dixon, Kaitlyn Krasselt, Emilie Munson, The Middletown Press, June 3, 2019

Paid time off isn't what working poor need most
By Chris Powell, The Journal Inquirer, June 3, 2019

Connecticut House sends nation's most generous family leave policy to governor
By Zack Budryk, The Hill, June 3, 2019

CT cities left to deal with the shells of industry
By Michael Puffer, Republican-American, The CT Post,  June 2, 2019, Updated June 3, 2019

Budget, tolls still unfinished as session adjournment nears
By Susan Haigh, Associated Press Updated 1:56 pm EDT, Sunday, June 2, 2019

Capitol Report: CT Mirror's Keith Phaneuf discusses latest on state budget
​By Jon Rosen, News 8, ​, June 3, 2018 [Video]

State’s liberal Democrats flex muscle with passage of paid family and medical leave bill, $15 minimum wage,
​but other key elements of progressive agenda remain undone

By Daniela Altimari, The Hartford Courant, June 2, 2019

Lawmakers hope to adopt budget Monday that avoids another income tax hike
By Keith M. Phaneuf, The CT Mirror, June 2, 2019

Bob Stefanowski: Here are six ways we can cut costs in Connecticut.
By Bob Stefanowski, The Hartford Courant, June 2, 2019

Republicans say tax proposal would hit small businesses
By Christopher Keating, The Hartford Courant, June 1, 2019

Capitol Report: Budget remains top priority as end of legislative session nears
By Jon Rosen, News 8, ​, June 2, 2018 [Video]

Democratic Legislative Leaders Press Forward With Opioid Tax
By Christine Stuart, The CT News Junkie, June 1, 2019

Lawmakers to return to discussing bills and state budget on Monday
By George Colli, News 8, ​, May 31, 2019 

Poll: 40% Disapprove Of The Job Lamont’s Doing
By Christine Stuart, The CT Junkie, May 31, 2019

Connecticut legislators to vote on state budget in coming days
By Christopher Keating, The Hartford Courant, May 31, 2019

Bridgeport casino negotiations advance
Emilie Munson, The CT Post, May 31, 2019

Connecticut SALT Skim Rankles Business as Lawmakers Head Toward a Budget Vote
By Marc E. Fitch, The Yankee Institute, May 31, 2019

From a new plastic bag tax to health care savings: here’s a look at what’s in the state budget deal.
By Russell Blair, The Hartford Courant, May 31, 2019

House passes family leave with support of Lamont
By Mark Pazniokas, ​The CT Mirror, May 31, 2019

Speaker Asks For Decorum From Members Following Prank
By Christine Stuart, The CT Junkie, May 31, 2019 

Lamont, Democrats reach deal on changes to family leave bill
By Susan Haigh, Associated Press, ​, May 31, 2019

High-tax Connecticut plagued by pension problems
By Brittany De Lea,, May 30, 2019

Gov. Ned Lamont, lawmakers announce deal on two-year, $43 billion budget
By Christopher Keating, The Hartford Courant, May 30, 2019 

State budget deal spares towns on pensions, wealthy on taxes
By Ken Dixon and Dan Haar, The CT Post, May 30, 2019

Kevin Rennie: The tolls discussion won’t end any time soon.
By Kevin Rennie, The Hartford Courant, May 30, 2019

Trust Act Times Two Headed To Governor’s Desk
By Christine Stuart, The CT News Junkie, May 30, 2019

Budget deal struck, doesn’t contain tax hike on wealthy
By Keith M. Paneuf, The CT Mirror, May 30, 2019

Lamont Signs Minimum Wage Increase; Business Lobby Continues Protest
By Christine Stuart, The CT News Junkie, May 28, 2019

Health care executives ask Lamont to halt legislation proposing public option for health insurance
By Stephen Singer, The Hartford Courant, May 28, 2019

Connecticut governor signs $15 an hour minimum wage bill
Associated Press, The Stamford Advocate, May 28, 2019 

Connecticut steps away from big-ticket incentives
By Mark Pazniokas, The CT Mirror, May 28, 2019

OpEd: The tolls bill is flawed. Scrap it and start over.
By Philip L. Smith, The Hartford Courant, May 28, 2019

On budget, Dems say GOP prefers heckling to haggling
By Keith M. Phaneuf, The CT Mirror, May 28, 2019

The once and future candidate?
​Republican Bob Stefanowski transforms from losing nominee to ubiquitous foil of Gov. Ned Lamont

By Neil Vigdor, The Hartford Courant, May 28, 2019

Connecticut isn't so helpless in face of SEBAC contract
By Chris Powell, Daily Inquirer, May 27, 2019

Fate of hospital tax is key to a pending state budget deal
By Susan Haigh, Associated Press, The New Haven Register, May 27, 2019

Advocates push Lamont for automatic voter registration
By Kaitlyn Krasselt, The CT Post, May 27, 2019

Ken Dixon: Meet the other Ned Lamont
By Ken Dixon, The CT Post,  May 26, 2019

Lawmakers contend with a full plate of issues as the clock ticks down on the legislative session
By Daniela Altimari, The Hartford Courant, May 26, 2019

Dan Haar: Payroll tax reform moving forward for 2020
By Dan Haar, The Middletown Press, May 26, 2019

Legal pot supporters regroup as black market thrives
By Ken Dixon, The Greenwich Time, May 26, 2019

Gov. Lamont: state budget on 5 yard line as deal gets closer and end of session looms
By Christopher Keating, The Hartford Courant, May 25, 2019

Ignoring clash with Lamont, Senate passes family leave
By Mark Pazniokas, The CT Mirror, May 23, 2019

Democratic lawmakers ask Lamont to back capital gains tax
Associated Press, The CT Post, May 23, 2019

Sweeping Changes Made To Public Option Health Insurance Bill
By Christine Stuart, The CT News Junkie, May 23, 2019

Democrats unveil plan for a public health insurance option
By Susan Haigh, Associated Press, The CT Post, May 23, 2019 

Democrats Unveil Plan for a Public Health Insurance Option
Connecticut Democrats unveiled a plan for a public health insurance option for individuals and businesses, May 23, 2019

​House OKs raises for state police troopers
By Keith M. Phaneuf, The CT Mirror, May 23, 2019

The Latest: Paid leave clears Senate despite veto threat
Associated Press, The CT Post, May 22, 2019

Lamont’s first budget could hinge on progressive taxes
By Keith M. Phaneuf, The CT Mirror, May 22, 2019

There is a crying need for pension reform
The Journal Inquirer, May 22, 2019

Senate debating paid family leave bill despite veto threat
By Susan Haigh, Associated Press, The CT Post, May 22, 2019

Lamont veto threat exposes tensions with labor
By Mark Pazniokas, The CT Mirror, May 22, 2019

New look at what tolls would mean for CT drivers
By Ken Dixon, ​The CT Post, May 22, 2019

Connecticut’s largest business group says it 'cannot support’ tolls
By Stephen Singer, The Hartford Courant, May 21, 2019

Lamont calls for focus on budget, special session on tolls
By Susan Haigh, Associated Press, The CT Post, May 21, 2019

Draft Of New CT Toll Bill Released, Sets Rates
Gov. Ned Lamont released some of the major draft details of the updated toll bill.
By Rich Scinto, Patch Staff, The Darien Patch, May 21, 2019

Lamont leaves tolls for special session
By Mark Pazniokas, The CT Mirror, May 21, 2019

Dan Haar: Borrowing instead of tolling could cost $35 billion, or nothing
By Dan Haar, The Middletown Press, May 21, 2019

Where’s Giuletti?
By Jim Cameron, CT Viewpoints, The CT Mirror, May 21, 2019

Many opinions, plenty to say about highway tolls
By a Variety of Writers, CT Viewpoints, The CT Mirror, May 21, 2019

House speaker: Vote on highway tolls might require special session
By Christopher Keating, The Hartford Courant, May 20, 2019

Complexity of Connecticut toll bill could delay vote
By Susan Haigh, Associated Press, The CT Post, May 20, 2019

Connecticut GOP offers alternative to tolls, Lamont balks
By Associated Press, The CT Post, May 16, 2019

VIDEO: Aresimowicz Says They Are Close On Tolls
By Christine Stuart, The CT News Junkie, May 16, 2019

Lamont’s pension shift would leave CT’s children deep in debt
By Keith M. Phaneuf, The CT Mirror, May 16, 2019

Waterbury Company Will be Forced Out of Connecticut With $15 Minimum Wage
By Marc E. Fitch, The Yankee Institute, May 16, 2019

Clock is Ticking on Tolls
By Jack Kramer, The CT News Junkie, May 15, 2019 

Close the deal on tolls, improve state ranking
By The Day Editorial Board, ​, May 15, 2019

CT Troopers, five more state employee unions, in line for raises
By Keith M. Phaneuf, ​The CT Mirror, May 15, 2019

Feel-good minimum wage hike is bad economic policy
By Lee Elci,, May 15, 2019

Dan Haar: Another ho-hum month of job creation for state
By Dan Haar, The Middletown Press, May 16, 2019

Lamont talks tolls to Dems: ‘I know I put you in a tough vote’
By Mark Pazniokas, The CT Mirror, May 15, 2019

​The ‘public option’ will be devastating for Connecticut
Expanding government-run coverage would destabilize the private market
By Julie Chubet, CT Viewpoints, The CT Mirror,  May 14, 2019

Paid Family and Medical Leave Advances
By Christine Stuart, The CT News Junkie,  May 14, 2019

House leaders say there are 'ongoing discussions’ on tolls
By Daniela Altimari, The Hartford Courant, May 14, 2019 

10 Millionaires: ‘Raise The Taxes. We Aren’t Going Anywhere.’
By Emily DiSalvo, The CT News Junkie, May 14, 2019

Grim forecast: UConn economist says global change is reshaping Connecticut,
despite the state’s best efforts to forge its own future

By Stephen Singer, The Hartford Courant, May 14, 2019

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With the legislative session recently concluded (June 5), I thought this would be a great time to update you on the budget and important bills that passed in the General Assembly, and how they might affect you.

The good news

The good news is that a balanced budget passed before the end of session this year....


The not-so good news

Unfortunately, I must follow the good news with the not-so-good news.  The budget increases spending by 2.4% in FY ’20 and 2.5% in FY ’21. It counts on revenue increases to close our $3.7 billion deficit – a total net increase of $1.75 billion over the biennium....


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Hartford Current: State Rep. Terrie Wood updates residents after the end of this legislative session

By Terrie Wood, State Representative, The Darien Times, June 11, 2019