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$20M in tax credits, $5M in state loans
11:38 pm
Thu May 22, 2014

Stamford-based Starwood Hotels & Resorts to get state funding to expand jobs

Gov. Dannel Malloy at the Stamford headquarters of Starwood Hotels and Resorts on Thursday, as Ken Siegel of Starwood looks on.
Credit Craig LeMoult

Connecticut Governor Dannel Malloy says Stamford-based Starwood Hotels & Resorts will receive a state loan of up to 5 million dollars and up to 20 million dollars in tax credits. In exchange, the company will add jobs in Connecticut.

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Malloy says education spending has gone up
5:29 pm
Wed May 21, 2014

Democrat Malloy responds to Republican Foley's accusation of cuts to education funding

Connecticut’s Democratic Governor Dannel Malloy responded on Wednesday to his Republican opponent Tom Foley’s accusation that state spending on schools and municipalities has declined over the last three years. Foley made the accusation when he accepted his party’s endorsement at the GOP convention on Saturday and repeated it on television the next day.

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Government
5:27 pm
Wed May 21, 2014

Undocumented students push Malloy to change rules to allow for financial aid

A group of students who were brought to the U.S. illegally as children are pressuring Connecticut Governor Dannel Malloy to take executive action to make them eligible for institutional college financial aid.  Malloy doesn’t know if he can legally do that.

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State tries to make registration easier
5:21 pm
Wed May 21, 2014

Conn. launches voter registration app

A screen shot from the new voter registration app.
Credit Secretary of the State's website

Connecticut Secretary of the State Denise Merrill says state residents with valid driver’s licenses can now register to vote using an app on their smartphones and tablets.  The app can be downloaded here.

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Most school budgets pass
7:36 am
Wed May 21, 2014

3 of 4 schools fail to pierce tax cap

Then gubernatorial candidate Andrew Cuomo promoted his property tax cap in 2010.
Credit AP/Mike Groll

Three of the four Suffolk County school districts that attempted to pierce the state tax cap last night failed. A 2011 law requires that schools in New York must get a supermajority of voters to approve a budget that hikes property taxes by more than 2%. 

Only East Hampton was able to do that. Bridgehampton and West Babylon failed to get the required two-thirds of voters. And Sayville failed to get a simple majority. 

The districts that failed must resubmit their budget and if they fail again, last year's budget will be enacted. 

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