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Malloy Administration
Advocates Fiscal Constraint

Spending ideas for the surplus? Not so fast, says the administration. In a letter to legislative leaders, OPM Secretary Barnes asked that any surplus be put into the state’s Rainy Day Fund. But some legislators already have other plans. Read more

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Budget Showdown
With Eyes On 2014

If the budget wasn’t complex enough already, things are going to get interesting in the weeks ahead. Why? Because not only does the GOP think Gov. Malloy is vulnerable in 2014, but the Senate Minority Leader might be competing with the House Minority Leader for the spot. Read more

CCAG, Common Cause
File FOI Request with DEEP

CCAG is none too pleased with DEEP Commissioner Daniel Esty’s call with utility investors last week. CCAG’s Tom Swan has FOI’ed all of Esty’s communications. Read more

Weighing His Options

State Rep. Gary Holder-Winfield’s campaign remained in full swing through the weekend with canvasses and meetings, but based on what he hears he may call it quits. Don’t expect an announcement this morning though. Read more

Special Election Set for June 11

The special election to fill state Rep. Bryan Hurlburt’s seat is set for June 11. No rest for the weary staff after session ends. Read more


REP. FLEXER will join with local small businesses and the Better Choices for Connecticut Coalition to call for fair taxation of businesses and to close corporate loopholes at 11 a.m. at Bousquet’s Appliances and TV, 16 Furnace St., Danielson.

LOB Activities, Meetings & Events
Press Conferences

GOV. MALLOY, UConn & transportation officials will hold a press conference to announce a new initiative that will improve and modernize the way automotive crash information is collected and processed at 11 a.m. in Room 310.
SEN. MAYNARD will hold a press conference on Congregations Organized for a New CT Safer Driving Campaign at 11:30 a.m. in Old Judiciary.

Committee Meetings

EDUCATION COMMITTEE will meet at 10 a.m. in Room 1E. View the agenda here 
GAE COMMITTEE will meet at 11 a.m. in Room 2B. View the agenda here

PLANNING & DEVELOPMENT COMMITTEE will meet at noon in Room 2A. View the agenda here 


Malloy Attends
White House
Correspondents’ Dinner

He didn’t tell us ahead of time, but we spotted Gov. Malloy laughing it up on C-SPAN’s coverage of the White House Correspondent’s Dinner. Malloy hobnobbed with celebrities, reporters, and politicos at the event that took place Saturday night. You can see him laughing at the joke about Buzzfeed around the 8:24 mark. Malloy was not the only governor to be spied by C-SPAN: New Jersey’s Gov. Chris Christy was also in the crowd. Check out the president’s speech here and see if you can spot the governor

Legislate Utility Service, Not Profits

The Norwich Bulletin’s Ray Hackett says “no” to the state’s plan to sell your electric service. He’s also not happy about AT&T’s efforts to have its phone service deregulated. Read more

Cafero On ‘Face the State’

House Minority Leader Larry Cafero joined Dennis House on “Face the State” over the weekend. Cafero plans to wait until the end of session (and spring) before making any decisions on a run for governor. He did however spend some time discussing the change in the political landscape since 2010, and took a few jabs at Tom Foley and the governor. He also defended his job at Brown Rudnick. View the footage here

Reporter Chris Keating and Republican blogger William Landers offered their take on the Cafero interview and the Republican gubernatorial field. Neither had anything Earth shattering to share, but Keating is expecting a crowded Republican primary field. View the interviews here

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At 11 a.m., Gov. Malloy will join with UConn and transportation officials for a press conference on a new transportation initiative that will improve and modernize the way automotive crash information is collected and processed in Old Appropriations.


What’s Next for Gun Control?

Connecticut’s two Senators visited the state Capitol on Friday to discuss the future of federal gun control legislation. Both remain optimistic that another vote will happen before the end of the year. Read more


Malloy, Sharkey Actively Pursue Minimum Wage Hike

Malloy Backs Minimum Wage Hike

Mass. Lawmaker Takes A Stand Against CT Generation Tax


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Happy birthday to state Rep. Matt Lesser!

Belated birthdays wishes go out to state Rep. Theresa Conroy, CCADV Exec. Dir. Karen Jarmoc and lobbyist Jim Leahy!

Also Sen. Rob Kane’s birthday is Tuesday. We mistakenly reported that it happened this weekend. He tweeted to correct us.

10 a.m. Education Committee Meeting, LOB, Room 1E
11 a.m. UConn: Press Conference Re: The CT Transportation Safety Research Center, CAP, Room 310    

11 a.m. Government Administration and Elections committee meeting, LOB, Room 2B
11:30 a.m. Sen. Maynard Press Conference Re: Congregations Organized for a New CT Safer Driving Campaign, CAP, Old Judiciary Room    

12 p.m. Planning & Development Committee Meeting, LOB, Room 2A    

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