HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Outgoing Democratic Gov. Dannel P. Malloy's longtime budget director is taking on a new job in state government.
Mark Ojakian (oh-JAY'-kee-an), president of the Connecticut State Colleges and Universities, announced Monday that Ben Barnes will become the next chief financial officer of the system.
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Lawmakers will soon receive a briefing on Connecticut's fiscal situation and what to expect over the next several years.
Office of Policy and Management Secretary Ben Barnes and Neil Ayers, director of the nonpartisan Office of Fiscal Analysis, are scheduled to give a presentation Tuesday on the 2018 Fiscal Accountability Report.
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Democratic Gov. Dannel P. Malloy's budget director suggested Thursday that Gov.-elect Ned Lamont consider canceling some planned tax cuts and scaling back eligibility for a program that helps Connecticut seniors cover Medicare expenses to help balance the state's budget when he takes office next year.
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Connecticut's financial picture appears to be brightening somewhat, Gov. Dannel P. Malloy's budget director told state lawmakers Tuesday.
The state's economy is "growing at a much faster pace than it has (over) the last eight years," Ben Barnes, Office of Policy and Management secretary, told the General Assembly's Appropriations Committee. The news comes as Malloy prepares to leave office in January.
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Connecticut's main spending account has a projected surplus, for now.
In a letter sent Monday to Democratic Comptroller Kevin Lembo, Office of Policy and Management Secretary Ben Barnes says higher-than-expected tax collections have led to a potential $137.9 million operating surplus in the state's main spending account for the current fiscal year, which ends June 30.
Barnes is stressing how these estimates "will undoubtedly be revised."
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Connecticut Gov. Dannel P. Malloy's budget office is predicting last fiscal year will close out with a nearly $505 million deficit.
That's about a $96 million improvement from the Democratic administration's projection last month.
Office of Policy and Management Secretary Ben Barnes says the improvement is due to continued spending restraint combined with strong end-of-the year performance from several revenue sources. The last fiscal year ended on June 30.
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — The state of Connecticut is releasing $26.7 million in grants to cities and towns to help cover the cost of road repairs and snow removal.
Office of Policy and Management Secretary Ben Barnes says the state "certainly understands the high costs of transportation infrastructure maintenance and repair" and hopes the release of the funding will help municipalities offset their costs for capital infrastructure projects and prepare for heavier travel in the spring and summer.
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Democratic Gov. Dannel P. Malloy does not plan to sign an executive order requiring towns to accept pre-payments of local property taxes so residents can deduct the payment from federal taxes before new changes take effect.
Ben Barnes, Malloy's budget director, told municipal leaders in a letter sent Wednesday that property tax collection is a local, not a state, matter and the question of allowing early payments is up to local officials.
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Hartford is requesting state oversight over its finances in exchange for millions of dollars in extra state aid to help with its budget woes.
The Hartford Courant reports Democratic Mayor Luke Bronin formally petitioned Connecticut's Office of Policy and Management on Tuesday.
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Connecticut Gov. Dannel P. Malloy's budget director is defending the Democratic administration's decision to fill several open jobs at the Public Utilities Regulatory Authority.
In a letter released Tuesday, Office of Policy and Management Secretary Ben Barnes maintains adequate regulatory staff is needed to "carry out our efforts to implement thoughtful energy policy and protect ratepayers from abusive charges."
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Thousands of elderly and disabled Connecticut renters with limited incomes will soon begin receiving delayed state reimbursement checks.
Democratic Gov. Dannel P. Malloy's budget office announced Friday that the rebates should arrive over the next few days. Daily batches of approximately 8,000 checks will be mailed until all of the nearly 50,000 checks have been sent.
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HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Revised estimates show Connecticut's current budget deficit has grown large enough to potentially trigger a mid-year, budget-cutting plan from Democratic Gov. Dannel P. Malloy.
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Legislative staff and attorneys are reviewing concerns raised by Democratic Gov. Dannel P. Malloy about whether the bipartisan state budget that passed the General Assembly on Thursday puts hundreds of millions of dollars in federal funding at risk.
The governor's communications director says Malloy's staff met Friday with the group to discuss why the administration believes the bill fails to create a federally compliant health care tax.
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Connecticut is poised to wrap up last fiscal year with a small surplus.
Gov. Dannel P. Malloy's budget director, Ben Barnes, announced Thursday the state's main spending account is projected to close with a $35.7 million surplus. That's a $142.9 million improvement from last month, when it appeared the state was facing a $107.2 million shortfall.
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Gov. Dannel P. Malloy and Connecticut legislators have finally received some good state budget news.
Malloy's budget director, Ben Barnes, says the current fiscal year deficit has shrunk by $215.5 million, to a projected $107.2 million shortfall, since May.
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Gov. Dannel P. Malloy's budget director is estimating Connecticut will now end this fiscal year with a surplus.
In a letter released Friday to the State Comptroller, Ben Barnes credited "strong collections over the past few months" from the corporation tax for the projected $23.3 million surplus in the general fund, the state's main spending account.
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Connecticut's new two-year budget will face significant pressure from slow-growing revenues and looming payments for unfunded pension liabilities and other old debt, Gov. Dannel P. Malloy's budget director warned state lawmakers Wednesday.
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Gov. Dannel P. Malloy's budget director says his office is projecting a small $5.7 million deficit in Connecticut's main spending account, much less than $78 million projected by the General Assembly's budget office.
Ben Barnes, secretary of the Office of Policy and Management, provided the Democratic administration's estimate in a letter sent Thursday to State Comptroller Kevin Lembo.
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Connecticut Gov. Dannel P. Malloy's budget director on Friday released $183,000 in state funds it had withheld from the state's three watchdog agencies, but he stopped short of agreeing Malloy was barred from making the cuts in the first place.
NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) — Tennis stars arriving next week for the Connecticut Open will be greeted with a newly renovated players' center.
It's the first major renovation to the Connecticut Tennis Center since the stadium opened in 1991, but it won't be the last.
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Connecticut's three watchdog agencies have argued that state law prevents Gov. Dannel P. Malloy from reducing their budgets, a claim being rejected by the Democrat's budget director.
Office of Policy and Management Secretary Ben Barnes contends Malloy has the legal authority to withhold funding, despite 2004 legislation prohibiting governors from reducing the annual budgets of the State Elections Enforcement Commission, the Office of State Ethics...
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Connecticut may wrap up its last fiscal year with a slightly smaller deficit than expected.
Office of Policy and Management Secretary Ben Barnes projected the deficit in the state's general fund, the main spending account, will be $279.4 million for the fiscal year that ended June 30. This projection is $36.4 million less than last month's estimate. It was included in a letter sent Wednesday to Comptroller Kevin Lembo.
MIAMI, Okla. (AP) — The Shawnee Tribe is planning to build a $1 million cultural center in northeast Oklahoma.
The Journal Record (http://bit.ly/29Dp3W1 ) reports that the 6,000-square-foot center will be near Miami and will be built in two phases. Construction on the first phase is to begin this fall.
Shawnee Tribe Second Chief Ben Barnes says the center will feature artifacts and that it will be able to tell the story of the...