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The Hartford Courant's Capitol Watch takes you inside the state capitol and politics.

The Hartford Courant's Capitol Watch takes you inside the state capitol and politics.
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The Hartford Courant's Capitol Watch takes you inside the state capitol and politics.




Capitol Watch Podcast: Malloy Slams Legislature Over State Budget Crisis

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy visited the Hartford Courant Wednesday to talk about the lack of a state budget two months into the new fiscal year. In a discussion with the Courant's editorial board, Malloy says there's "a reluctance to make the hard decisions that need to be made" and that "they should have gotten the job done in June." Malloy, along with his budget director Ben Barnes, also discuss some of their concerns with municipalities that have resisted cuts to their state aid, as well as...

Duration: 01:02:45

Capitol Watch Podcast: Sales Tax Hike Proposed And Education Funding Slashed

There may be no state budget in place (still), but there's plenty to discuss on the Capitol Watch podcast. Hartford Courant capitol reporters Chris Keating and Daniela Altimari join the show to discuss why there is no state budget, what is happening with education funding and how things are looking slightly better for nonprofit providers. We also talk about a proposal from House Democrats to increase the sales tax.

Duration: 00:21:09

Capitol Watch Podcast: A Crowded Field For Governor

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy won't run for governor in 2018, but plenty of others are in the race. Courant reporters Russell Blair and Dylan McGuinness break down that crowded field and discuss a recent story they wrote about the candidates.

Duration: 00:21:56

Capitol Watch Podcast: Chris Murphy On Health Care, Trump And Running For President

In a visit to the Hartford Courant in mid-July, Sen. Chris Murphy discussed the ever-changing world of politics, President Donald Trump, health care, social media, and more.

Duration: 00:31:58

Capitol Watch Podcast: Will We Ever Have A State Budget?

Nearly the end of July, the state has gone almost a month without a state budget. Nonprofit organizations are already feeling the effects and soon cities and towns could be next. Capitol reporters Chris Keating and Daniela Altimari talk about why there is still no state budget, whether there will be one in the foreseeable future and what proposals are on the table. Plus, they also break down the recent vote in the House to approve a union concession deal and whether it will be passed in...

Duration: 00:25:26

Capitol Watch Podcast: A State Without A Budget

The new fiscal year has started and Connecticut has no state budget. Courant reporters Chris Keating and Daniela Altimari discuss why there is no state budget and the likelihood of having one this month. They also talk about what it means for state employees, residents and others, in addition to the details of a possible budget put out by House Democrats last week.

Duration: 00:25:49

Capitol Watch Podcast: Klarides Talks Aetna, State Budget And More

House Minority Themis Klarides joined the Capitol Watch podcast to discuss the budget, Aetna's move to New York and the future of Connecticut. Although recorded before the House Democrats pitched a state budget Thursday, the Klarides still had concerns about what the Democrats were pitching including an increased sales tax. During the podcast, Klarides discussed the move of Aetna and her concern regarding other businesses leaving. She also discussed the lack of a state budget and even told...

Duration: 00:31:29

Capitol Watch Podcast: Budget Or No Budget?

Connecticut legislators will get back together this week to decide whether the state will have a budget by the time a new fiscal year starts on Saturday. Courant reporters Chris Keating and Daniela Altimari break down what it will take to get a budget in place, what happens if there is none and catch us up to speed on union negotiations. They also discuss the final days of the legislative session, how the casino deal played out and whether 2017 was a productive session.

Duration: 00:26:02

Capitol Watch Podcast: Golf, Bieber, Casinos and SEBAC

Well into June, Connecticut is still without a budget. In the latest episode of Capitol Watch, House Speaker Joe Aresimowicz makes his return to the podcast to discuss the status of negotiations, how a deal got done for a third casino in the state and what is happening with a union concession deal. Plus, Aresimowicz discusses his recent decision to play golf instead of attending budget discussions, the possibility of tolls being on state highways still and the latest Justin Bieber songs.

Duration: 00:30:10

Capitol Watch Podcast: Gov. Malloy Breaks Down The Union Deal

With the state in a financial mess, Gov. Dannel P. Malloy said months ago he'd look for more than $1.5 billion in union concession over the next two years. The state might not have a budget, but Malloy has a deal with the state employee unions that would achieve just that. The governor stopped by the Hartford Courant to discuss the deal and the projected future savings not just in the next two years but over decades and makes his case for why this is a good deal. He also discusses the...

Duration: 00:59:53

Capitol Watch Podcast: Aetna Expected To Move HQ, What's Next?

The day of Aetna having its headquarters in Hartford appear numbered. Hartford Courant reporters Ken Gosselin, Jenna Carlesso and Steve Singer take a look at why Aetna is looking to relocate, what it will mean for Hartford and the state and what happens now,

Duration: 00:28:14

Capitol Watch Podcast: The Final Legislative Push

With just over a week left in the legislative session, Courant reporters Chris Keating and Daniela Altimari break down what's happened so far and what is coming in the next few days. They also weigh in on what could happen with a new Connecticut casino, whether budgetary issues will be solved by the end of the session and what is going on with the state Senate.

Duration: 00:18:46

Capitol Watch Podcast: The Young, But Experienced Rep Chris Davis

State Rep. Chris Davis might have seven years of experience in the legislature, but you wouldn't know it by looking at him. Just over 30, Davis has seen a lot in his seven years serving Ellington and East Windsor. Davis has quickly rose through the ranks, now serving as the ranking member of the legislature's powerful Finance, Revenue and Bonding Committee. He joined Capitol Watch podcast to discuss a wide range of topics including the changing political breakdown of the House, a casino in...

Duration: 00:27:26

Capitol Watch Podcast: Bears, Casinos and Union Concessions With Sen. Fasano

Senate Republican Leader Len Fasano sat down with the Capitol Watch podcast Monday to discuss a wide variety of topics. The conversation covered everything from hunting bears to adding a casino in the state to crumbling foundations. Fasano also discussed the tied Senate, the state of budget discussions and his desire for further union concessions.

Duration: 00:30:17

Capitol Watch Podcast: What's Next For Hartford With Matt Ritter

He hasn't been in the legislature very long, but state Rep. Matt Ritter has quickly ascended to majority leader in the House of Representatives. A Democratic legislator from Hartford, Ritter talks about a recent vote that could spell trouble for the state's capital city, the likelihood of marijuana being legalized and tolls being put on the roads and almost not getting into politics.

Duration: 00:31:38

Capitol Watch Podcast: 10 Things To Know For Monday

Monday marks an important day at the Capitol for the state budget. Gov. Dannel P. Malloy will once again release a state budget proposal for the next two years. The question is, will it be more well-received than the last? Malloy's proposal in February included changes that did not go over well with legislators including the way education was funded and the funds municipalities were receiving - or in most cases, losing. Democrats are also expected to release a new budget proposal this...

Duration: 00:21:42

Capitol Watch, Episode 9: The House Speaker

House Speaker Joe Aresimowicz joins the latest episode of the Capitol Watch podcast to discuss the current legislative session, whether there will be tolls on the highways, a new casino in the state, and more.

Duration: 00:28:13

Capitol Watch, Episode 8: The Budget Crisis

The news has gone from bad to worse this week as the state budget deficit continues to grow. Hartford Courant Capitol reporter Chris Keating discusses what is driving the widening budget gap in the current year and what it will mean for the next two years. Also, Democrats, Republicans and the governor are finally talking about the state budget, but is there any real progress? And could future budget deliberations really be held in public?

Duration: 00:18:27

Capitol Watch, Episode 7: A Lottery Mess

A lottery official warned others in 2013 that a new game would be vulnerable to fraud. The lottery went ahead and implemented the game. Four years later, a report is being released detailing that and other issues that led to fraudulent issues with the game.

Duration: 00:20:20

Capitol Watch, Episode 6: Fixing the XL Center

Will the Whalers ever return to Hartford? Not without a renovated XL Center, many state officials say. Hartford Courant reporter Ken Gosselin discusses the likelihood of that happening, the money it would take to get the project done and some fixes that are already under way. Gosselin also discusses a proposal to build a third casino in the state of Connecticut. The casino, proposed in East Windsor, would be run by the Mohegan and Mashantucket Pequot tribes.

Duration: 00:18:59

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