Len Fasano

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New congestion tolling, higher sales and gas taxes, and increased licensing fees are among a list of ideas presented Friday on how to help fund Gov. Dannel P. Malloy's proposed $100 billion overhaul of Connecticut's aging transportation infrastructure.

The revenue changes recommended by the Transportation Finance Panel wouldn't begin until fiscal year 2018. That would theoretically give state lawmakers and the voters time to change the state's constitution and institute a so-called "lock box," preventing transportation funds from being raided for other purposes.

Ebong Udoma

Connecticut Governor Dannel Malloy has called for bipartisan talks on the state budget. Malloy said that a shortfall in the state's $20 billion budget has widened by $120 million. That's on top of more than a $100 million in cuts he made last month to balance the budget.

Malloy blamed the shortfall on a significant down turn in the stock market and lower than expected revenue from personal income. Speaking to reporters, Malloy said he wants Democratic and Republican legislative leaders to come up with their own ideas to balance the budget.  

CT Senate Republicans

The Republican leader of the Connecticut Senate is calling for the Commissioner of the Department of Children and Families to resign.

Senate Minority Leader Len Fasano said on Thursday that a recent report shows DCF Commissioner Joette Katz's leadership has put children at risk.

Conn. Senate Democratic Caucus

New Haven Democrat Martin Looney has been chosen to be the Connecticut Senate President in the new session that begins in January.

Looney is one of several leaders of the upper chamber of the state General Assembly selected by their members on Thursday.

He has served as Connecticut Senate majority leader since 2003. He is expected to be officially elected president by the full Senate in January. Looney will replace Donald Williams of Brooklyn, who did not seek re-election.

Looney said he’s honored to have been selected to lead the body .

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Connecticut Democratic Governor Dannel Malloy announced on Tuesday that the state ended its fiscal year in June with a $121.3 million budget surplus. The surplus is now nearly four times what the Malloy administration had projected just a month ago.