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Author: Mark Pazniokas, CTMirror.org

  • CT’s holiday message: Enjoy tax cuts in ’24, but maybe not in ’25

    CT’s holiday message: Enjoy tax cuts in ’24, but maybe not in ’25

    Swaddled in bipartisanship and holiday wishes, the cheerful year-end assessment Wednesday of Connecticut’s finances by Gov. Ned Lamont still had an overtly political mission: Dampening expectations of significant new spending or tax cuts in 2024. Lamont, who is finishing the first year of his second term as the most popular Democratic governor in the U.S.,…

  • It was a good election for CT Democrats, but hardly a wave

    It was a good election for CT Democrats, but hardly a wave

    Control of the top offices in two dozen city and town halls will change parties in Connecticut as a consequence of Tuesday’s elections, with 16 mayoral or first selectman seats flipping to Democrats and eight to Republicans. By and large, both parties are shying from claiming to see broader meaning in the results, a temptation…

  • CT promises discounts on drug prescriptions

    CT promises discounts on drug prescriptions

    Connecticut, home to some of the biggest actors in industries blamed for the opaque practices that shape prescription drug prices, is about to take a small step towards transparency and lower prices. On Oct. 2, Connecticut will become the first eastern state to partner with Navitus Health, the pharmacy benefit manager behind the free ArrayRX…

  • Connecticut is deep blue — but too cautious for progressives

    Connecticut is deep blue — but too cautious for progressives

    Connecticut, a small blue state that reliably fueled national campaigns on the minimum wage, paid sick days and family leave in the previous decade, was barren ground on cutting-edge labor issues in the just-completed legislative session. In style and substance, the Democratic governor and General Assembly most often operated from the political center, exhibiting caution…

  • Quentin Williams and wrong-way driver both drunk in fatal crash, officials say

    Quentin Williams and wrong-way driver both drunk in fatal crash, officials say

    Rep. Quentin “Q” Williams, D-Middletown, and the wrong-way driver blamed for the crash that claimed both their lives in January were legally drunk, officials familiar with the state police toxicology report said Tuesday. Expecting the imminent release of the police report, House Speaker Matt Ritter, D-Hartford, told House Democrats in a closed caucus to prepare…

  • House confirms Carleton Giles to Board of Pardons and Paroles

    House confirms Carleton Giles to Board of Pardons and Paroles

    Former Norwalk Police Officer Carleton J. Giles, who oversaw an exponential increase in sentence commutations last year as chair of the Board of Pardons and Paroles, was confirmed as a rank-and-file member Thursday by a divided House of Representatives. Gov. Ned Lamont removed Giles as chair two weeks ago and ordered a review of commutations…