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Connecticut's Legislature Entering Tough Session

Lawmakers in Hartford will tackle gun control and budget issues during the new legislative session, which begins Wednesday.

The state's General Assembly will tackle several important matters when it convenes later this week for the new session, including a slew of gun control proposals filed in the wake of the Newtown shootings and a $1.2 billion budget deficit projected for July 1.

While Gov. Dannel P. Malloy has empowered a new study commission to make recommendations on what the state should do following the Dec. 14 shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, several legislators have also filed their own porposals on gun control ahead of the start of the new session.

Some of the proposals include a bill that would make public the names and addresses of anyone in the state who owns a gun and another that would limit access to ammunition, including high-capacity gun magazines. Malloy's commission is expected to file recommendations in mid-March.

Connecticut's pro-gun lobby has already begun gearing up for what is expected to be a major fight in Hartford this winter and spring over gun control measures.

Besides the debate on guns, the legislature must balance the state budget, which some are projecting will see a $1.2 billion deficit by the start of the new fiscal year on July 1. In addition, state lawmakers must pass a new two-year budget this year.

MAC January 08, 2013 at 01:57 AM
"Connecticut took a 'nose dive' to last place in a report assessing the credit quality of all 50 states released Tuesday [Nov. 2012] by Conning, Inc., a Hartford-based asset manager that does financial research for insurers and institutional investors. "The report took a scathing view on the state’s rising unemployment, declining home prices, high debt per capita and other factors"... ...“the reality is quite alarming. The state is among the worst in job creation, tax revenue growth, and has not yet seen a recovery in home prices. It has very high debt and retirement obligations, little budget flexibility and no rainy day fund balance.'” ..."Connecticut fell from 37th in the last report issued in June to 50th place in the most recent ranking."... ..."Year-over-year home prices in the state dropped 4.7 percent, according to the Federal Housing Finance Agency, which is the worst performance of any state."... "Connecticut lost 14,700 jobs during the most recent 12-month period, and only Hawaii has lost more jobs as a percentage of overall employment during the same period"... "Connecticut also has the highest debt-per-capita burden for all states and is ranked 48th in terms of economic debt per personal income, according to the report. “'If one considers Connecticut’s high personal income levels, this low ranking is even more alarming'"... http://courantblogs.com/ct-insurance/connecticut-ranks-last-among-50-states-in-credit-analysis-by-conning/
Walt January 08, 2013 at 01:59 AM
Dannel made a deal with the unions for no layoffs with no concessions and we're screwed.

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