Tolling measure hits a snag, Wednesday vote suspended

Tolling measure hits a snag, Wednesday vote suspended

Speaker Joe Aresimowicz canceled plans Wednesday for a House vote on a measure to create an electronic tolling plan, saying it lacks support now to pass.

While the Berlin Democrat said he still would try to build sufficient support before the session ends on May 9, he also said the anti-tolls movement has been effective at scaring people with false information

GOP offers compromise CT budget, taps tax windfall to bolster key programs

GOP offers compromise CT budget, taps tax windfall to bolster key programs

In a major move toward a bipartisan budget compromise, Republican legislators recommended more funding for social services, higher education, transportation and municipalities — and agreed to help pay for them by tapping about $300 million of this spring’s income tax windfall.

The revised budget Senate and House Republican leaders unveiled Tuesday also retains new deposits into cash-starved pensions while abandoning a disputed plan to cut state employee benefits in 2027 and reap part of the savings now.

House Votes To Limit Gubernatorial Rescission Authority

House Votes To Limit Gubernatorial Rescission Authority

HARTFORD, CT — The House passed legislation Wednesday to reduce the governor’s rescission authority when it comes to education aid.

The House voted 117-32 to pass a bill that would prohibit the governor from making rescissions or reductions to education cost sharing grants for local school districts.

Municipal Lobby Makes Final Push To Protect Emergency Reserves From Labor

Municipal Lobby Makes Final Push To Protect Emergency Reserves From Labor

HARTFORD, CT — Local mayors and first selectmen don’t want to be punished for handling their budgets responsibly over the years, and they say what’s in their Rainy Day Fund shouldn’t impact the results of a labor dispute.

With only a few days left in the legislative session, the Connecticut Conference of Municipalities is pushing a bill to help them preserve these emergency funds.