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CT Mirror's Keith Phaneuf says the state budget will be 'tremendously' affected by the 2022 election year

Connecticut Gov. Ned Lamont delivers the State of the State address
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Connecticut Gov. Ned Lamont delivers the State of the State address at the state Capitol, Feb. 9, 2022, in Hartford, Conn.

The state’s Finance and Appropriations committees are expected to be working behind closed doors for at least the rest of April to iron out the details of a $24.2 billion state budget proposed last week.

The Connecticut Mirror’s Keith Phaneuf, who has been covering the budget process, joined us on “All Things Considered” to discuss his observations.

In order, the subjects we discussed include:

1. How election year politics are affecting the budget process.

2. Why Gov. Ned Lamont's “SEBAC” agreement is unprecedented.

3. Whether Lamont's SEBAC agreement will actually keep workers from leaving.

4. Is child care/early child development the big winner in this budget?

5. What are the “Children's Trust Fund” and the “Revenue Cap”?

6. Is Connecticut heading for a “fiscal cliff” as federal pandemic dollars dry up?

7. What will happen with the car tax?

John Henry Smith is Connecticut Public’s host of All Things Considered, its flagship afternoon news program. He's proud to be a part of the team that won a regional Emmy Award for The Vote: A Connecticut Conversation. In his 21st year as a professional broadcaster, he’s covered both news and sports.

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