5:49 pm
Thu February 12, 2015

Restoring Bridgeport's Barnum Museum

The front facade of the Barnum Museum in downtown Bridgeport.
Credit Davis Dunavin / WSHU News

Nineteenth century showman P.T. Barnum was the father of the American circus. He was also an early mayor of Bridgeport, Connecticut, and he developed much of the city’s downtown. And among his wonders is the Barnum Museum.

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12:42 pm
Tue February 10, 2015

Conn. Lawmakers Push For Long Island Sound Study

Gov. Dannel Malloy and lawmakers at Branford, Conn.'s Owenego Resort.
Credit Davis Dunavin / WSHU

When Connecticut Governor Dannel Malloy delivers his budget proposal to lawmakers next week, it’ll include funding for a comprehensive study of Long Island Sound, designed to give the state an inventory of resources like plants, animals, and minerals in the sound.

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10:52 pm
Mon February 9, 2015

Connecticut To Super-Rich Residents: Please Don't Leave Us

If you're a billionaire living in Connecticut, chances are the tax department is keeping an eye on you.

In a state home to some of the richest Americans, tax officials go to some lengths to keep them — or, more accurately, keep the billions of dollars in revenue their income taxes generate.

Connecticut tax officials track quarterly estimated payments of 100 high net-worth taxpayers and can tell when payments are down. Of that number, about a half-dozen taxpayers have an effect on revenue that's noticed in the legislature and Department of Revenue Services.

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10:44 pm
Mon February 9, 2015

NY Senate Democrats: Reform Of Legislators' Outside Income Should Not Wait For Budget

File Photo-Members of the New York state Senate work in the Senate Chamber at the Capitol in Albany.
Credit AP Photo/Tim Roske

Democrats in the New York State Senate are pushing for some reforms that directly address problems that led to the arrest and resignation of the Assembly Speaker. They want to virtually ban all outside income for lawmakers.

The proposals come two-and-a-half weeks after the Democratic Assembly Speaker, Sheldon Silver, was arrested on corruption charges, and one week after he resigned as speaker.

Silver is charged with subverting his employment at two private law firms to gain nearly $6 million dollars in kickbacks and bribes.

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12:22 pm
Thu February 5, 2015

Report: Connecticut Tax System Unfriendly To Families

Credit (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes)

A new report says Connecticut’s tax system is unfriendly to many caring for dependents.

The advocacy group Connecticut Voices for Children published the report this week.  

Nick Defiesta is a fiscal policy fellow with the group. He says Connecticut is one of two states with an income tax that doesn’t adjust its income tax for the cost of caring for a dependent.

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