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States turn to cash reserves as coronavirus strains budgets

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo (AP) — States across the U.S. are allocating hundreds of millions of dollars to respond to the coronavirus, even as the U.S. government prepares to send billions more their way. Many states have built up sizable stockpiles in their “rainy day” funds during several robust years of tax collections. Some governors and […]

Capitol Report: tolls hits dead end, town bonds delayed, ammo tax proposed

Now that it looks like tolls have hit a dead end, Governor Ned Lamont is trying to move forward with bonding: some for transportation projects, some for aid to cities and towns. The later has been waiting months for that promised money, hoping it comes before they have to raise taxes.

State Democrat leaders say assembly will take up ‘truck toll’ plan the week of Feb. 10

HARTFORD, Conn. (WTNH) — A large crowd of anti-toll activists and pro-tolls advocates came to the Capitol on Friday as a public hearing on the governor’s “truck tolls” plan is moving forward. While the hearing was going on at the Legislative Office Building, the two top Democrats in the House and Senate were meeting with […]

French unions behind strikes get public funds

PARIS (AP) — As France’s strikes entered their 26th day Monday, some in the country are questioning if the labor unions that are driving the crippling stoppages have outsized power. The strikes have closed French landmarks, hurt small businesses over the Christmas season and hobbled public transportation. So packed was a Paris bus recently that […]

CT Republicans present a no tolls investment plan

Republican leaders in Hartford are set to put out their version of a state transportation plan on Thursday. Governor Ned Lamont has been rolling out his own plan as well. The main difference between the two plans is the Republicans do not include tolls in theirs.

Italy declares state of emergency in Venice after high tides

ROME (AP) — Italy’s government declared a state of emergency Thursday in flood-ravaged Venice, seeking to release funds to repair the historic lagoon city after it was damaged by the highest tide in 50 years. A cabinet meeting approved a special decree that included 20 million euros ($21.7 million) in immediate financial aid aimed at […]

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