Mary Beth Nardella, owner of Precious Moments Early Learning Center in Watertown, Connecticut, says the state’s new $15 minimum wage will drive up child care prices and reduce employee work hours in a video released by the Employment Policies Institute. “I fear Governor Lamont’s decision to raise the minimum wage ...
Gov. Dannel Malloy released a plan Wednesday to close a $208 million state deficit this year by offering a combination of cuts to social service programs and tax increases on cigarettes, hotels, and the state sales tax.
According to the new budget proposal released today, state employee fringe benefit costs - including pensions and retiree health benefits - will grow by more than $222 million. Overall, the new general fund budget will grow $214 million and a number of agencies took multi-million dollar cuts to make up for the increase in fringe benefit costs, including a $14 million cut to the Office of Early Childhood’s Care 4 Kids program.