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A Win For Women, Workers, and Families
Gov. Dannel P. Malloy signed legislation Tuesday that makes Connecticut the fifth state in the nation to ban the pay history question. Malloy said the legislation takes a “real and important step” toward pay equity in Connecticut. He said it’s unacceptable that Hispanic women earn just 47 cents for every dollar paid to white men. It’s 58 cents for black women and 82 cents for white women.
Connecticut Works To Fend Off Cybersecurity Attacks On Election
Two days after President Donald Trump eliminated the position of cybersecurity coordinator on the National Security Council, Secretary of the State Denise Merrill convened the second meeting of the Elections Cybersecurity Task Force. At the very beginning of the meeting, Merrill reminded the task force that the election system faces several threats, including natural ones, like the tornadoes that touched down in the state last week and caused more damage than some hurricanes in...
State of Connecticut Launches Cybersecurity Action Plan
The state launched a new cybersecurity defense plan Thursday that calls for extensive security in state government agencies, the General Assembly, and the judicial branch, while also establishing municipal cyber defenses, the governor announced.
CTCPA Stops CPA Services from Being Boxed Out of Property Assessment Appeals, Certain Valuation Services
Senate Bill 182, “An Act Concerning Municipal Tax Appeals and Contingency Agreements," was a bill that would've curtailed who could represent clientele in the municipal valuation process where real property was concerned. Some municipalities were frustrated by non-CPA “boutique” firms consistently filing multiple commercial property tax appeals.
Session winds down, candidates wind up
The Connecticut General Assembly ended its 2018 session on schedule Wednesday by passing a $20.86 billion budget that restores aid for towns; reverses health care cuts for the elderly, poor and disabled; and defers a transportation crisis for another year. The new spending blueprint took advantage of surging and unanticipated tax revenues, but is projected by analysts to run a $2 billion deficit in 2019 and a larger one the year after that.
Better Late Than Never? Speaker, Gov. Say Plan for Special Session
Just days after the Connecticut General Assembly failed to pass legislation that would have allowed the state to legalize sports gambling, the U.S. Supreme Court cleared the way for states to do just that. In a decision released Monday, Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito wrote, “Congress can regulate sports gambling directly, but if it elects not to do so, each state is free to act on its own.”
Mary Glassman edges Jahana Hayes for CT-5 endorsement
On a wild series of vote switches Monday night, former First Selectman Mary Glassman of Simsbury edged Jahana Hayes, the charismatic newcomer encouraged to run by U.S. Sen. Chris Murphy, to win the Democratic endorsement for Congress in Connecticut’s most competitive district, the 5th. Glassman, 59, and Hayes, 45, will face off in a primary in August. Hayes appeared to win by a single vote on the second ballot, but vote-switching dropped them into a tie and then yielded a 173-to-167 win...
From Bump Stocks To Tolls: Did Connecticut Lawmakers Pass These 14 Major Bills?
The short legislative session in election years is ostensibly about making budget adjustments, but lawmakers find plenty of time to debate many other issues — some that have a fiscal impact and others that don’t. There were discussions about stricter gun laws, expanding gambling, legalizing marijuana, establishing electronic tolls and even changing the way Connecticut awards its seven electoral votes.
Malloy delivers a funny farewell in midnight address
With a self-deprecating humor, Gov. Dannel P. Malloy addressed a joint convention of the General Assembly for the last time early Thursday, celebrating accomplishments of the past eight years and wryly acknowledging that he will leave politics as one of the least popular governors in the U.S.
Legislature overwhelmingly enacts bipartisan CT budget
The legislature overwhelmingly approved a new state budget shortly before their midnight deadline Wednesday that restores aid for towns; reverses health care cuts for the elderly, poor and disabled; and defers a transportation crisis — at least for another year. The $20.86 billion package, which now moves to Gov. Dannel P. Malloy’s desk, does not increase taxes, though it does raise the maximum tax rate cities and towns can levy on motor vehicles. It also would spend rather than save more...

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