• State, tribes ink keno revenue share

    HARTFORD, Conn. – It’s official. The state reached an agreement Tuesday with two federally recognized Indian tribes that allows the Connecticut Lottery Corporation to begin offering keno this year.

  • 2016 budget on track to end with small surplus

    2016 budget on track to end with small surplus

    HARTFORD, Conn. – One month into the new 2016 fiscal year, Office of Policy and Management Secretary Ben Barnes estimated that the state would end it next June with an $800,000 surplus. In his monthly letter to state Comptroller Kevin Lembo, Barnes wrote that “at this time we project that both revenues and expenditures will…

  • The silence is deafening, Mr. Duff.

    To the Editor: Bob Duff voted for the largest tax increase in Connecticut history. Surely, common sense and the pleas of his constituents would prevent him from voting once again with Governor Malloy for yet more tax increases in the latest state budget. Malloy made a promise to voters of no new taxes in the…

  • Keno still not a sure bet

    HARTFORD, Conn. – The two-year state budget passed in the final hours of the 2015 legislative session relies on $43.6 million from keno, but a revenue sharing deal has yet to be inked with the state’s two Indian tribes. Language in the budget specifies that the Connecticut Lottery Corporation can’t start keno operations until the…

  • Opinion: Balancing budget on sin taxes is shortsighted, reckless

    Will Hermann is a recent graduate of Trinity College who lives in Suffield and writes a blog at fromwhereisitct.wordpress.com. Follow him on Twitter @wthermann. Ever since Gov. Dannel P. Malloy punted an unfinished budget to the legislature later than the usual deadline, legislators have been searching for ways to raise revenue without explicitly raising taxes.

  • Connecticut Lottery Corp. makes its pitch for Keno

    HARTFORD, Conn. – Proponents told members of the Finance, Revenue and Bonding Committee on Wednesday that bringing keno to Connecticut is essential to keeping the state’s lottery competitive with other states’, while opponents decried the game as a short-sighted and ill-advised way to generate revenue.

  • Lottery chairman thinks there’s hope for Keno

    Updated 3:57 p.m. Wednesday, March 5, with Larry Cafero, Bob Duff, Gail Lavielle and Chris Perone comments. By Hugh McQuaid HARTFORD, Conn. – Despite widespread political support for repealing keno this year, the chairman of the Connecticut Lottery Corporation’s board of directors said Tuesday he’s still optimistic lawmakers will choose to allow the corporation to…