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Senate sends plan to close current CT budget deficit to House

CAFCA | May 30, 2017 |

The Senate unanimously approved a plan Tuesday evening to cover the $317 million state deficit in the current fiscal year — albeit by draining most of Connecticut’s modest emergency reserve.

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Wall Street agency warns CT budgets will be bleak for years

CAFCA | April 05, 2017 |

A major Wall Street credit rating agency warned investors Wednesday that Connecticut’s weak economy and surging retirement benefit costs are likely to plague state budgets and test the state’s fiscal management for several years to come.

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Malloy says budget remains in balance, despite nonpartisan warning

CAFCA | March 20, 2017 |

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy’s administration reported a modest $22 million surplus projection Monday for the current fiscal year — despite nonpartisan analysts’ warnings that eroding income tax receipts have created a $65 million deficit.

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Keep Connecticut's commitment to community action

CAFCA | February 16, 2016 |

As discussions and negotiations begin around the FY 2016-2017 midterm budget adjustments this legislative session, it is critical that the state continue its deep-seated commitment to Connecticut's Community Action Agency (CAA) Network and antipoverty efforts.

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Malloy’s vision for Connecticut shifts dramatically in new budget

CAFCA | February 16, 2016 |

Had state government slashed its way out of a budget deficit five years ago, Gov. Dannel P. Malloy often has said, Connecticut’s quality of life would be unrecognizable. But the Democratic governor now is urging spending cuts over the next two years that key Democratic lawmakers argue could have an impact similar to cuts Republicans sought – and Malloy decried – in 2011.

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Don't cut essential funding for Connecticut people in need

CAFCA | November 16, 2015 |

Once again, critical funding for the state's low-income individuals and families is on the chopping block. Connecticut's Community Action Agency Network is advocating to Governor Malloy and the legislature to protect and preserve Human Services Infrastructure funding, the "core" funding for CAAs, from being cut in the FY 2016-2017 biennial budget.

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Rep. Abercrombie denounces Gov. Malloy's human service cuts; says she's open to a special session

CAFCA | October 07, 2015 |

A top Democrat on the legislature's appropriations committee on Wednesday blasted human services budget cuts ordered by Gov. Dannel P. Malloy. Rep. Cathy Abercrombie, a Democrat from Meriden, said lawmakers should meet to roll back the "devastating" $16 million in reductions to mental health treatment, substance abuse counseling, programs for people with developmental disabilities and other social service programs.

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Senate Dems threaten ‘nuclear option’ to pass budget, $2B tax hike

CAFCA | June 22, 2015 |

Senate Democrats took the extraordinary step in the final hour of the 2015 session Wednesday of threatening to cut off debate to ensure passage of a new state budget that raises tax revenues by $2 billion.

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Malloy scorns both parties’ legislative budget plans

CAFCA | May 11, 2015 |

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy did nothing Thursday to mollify legislative Democrats who openly defied him over the past week by largely rejecting his deep budget cuts in favor of higher taxes on the wealthy, businesses and hospitals.

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Lawmakers struggle to replenish Gov. Malloy’s human service cuts

CAFCA | April 09, 2015 |

Proposed funding cuts to social service programs are one of the most vexing challenges for Connecticut lawmakers as they struggle to find the money to replenish what some call devastating reductions. Both Democrats and Republicans have voiced strong objections to Gov. Dannel P. Malloy’s proposal, which cuts funding to initiatives ranging from home care services for the elderly to Medicaid eligibility for needy pregnant women. Hospitals and not-for-profit agencies have warned they’ll be forced to scale back staff and services if the Democrat’s proposals become law.

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