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The Wheelhouse Takes on the Budget, and We're Still Talking About Rowland

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Governor Dannel Malloy announced his two-year budget plan last week, and everything has been a mess ever since. The proposed budget would hurt social services and cause potentiallayoffs at UCONN, a situation that drew star basketball players to testify at the Capitol.  

On Tuesday, we learned that a SNAFU with accounting sets Malloy's proposed budget more than $50 million over the state's spending cap for the next fiscal year. That might be more cuts. OPM Secretary Ben Barnes issued a formal (somewhat confusing) apology.  

Meanwhile, a highlight of Malloy's first term was filled with big tax breaks for companies. ESPN alone enjoyed $26 million dollars in tax credits last year. That's likely to change because of budget trouble.  

Speaking of sports networks that got state money, Back9 is in trouble... again. 

And while all of this is happening, one of the big issues on lawmakers plates this session? Whether we can buy electric cars direct from Tesla.

These are just a few things we'll tackle today on The Wheelhouse. Oh, and Rowland. A federal judge has denied former Governor John Rowland's request for a new trial. His sentencing is now set for March. 


  • Colin McEnroe - WNPR host and columnist for The Hartford Courant
  • Dan Haar - Covers business, the economy, politics, and people for The Hartford Courant
  • Mark Pazniokas - Politics reporter for The Connecticut Mirror
  • Susan Bigelow - Writes a weekly political column for CT News Junkie

Catie Talarski is Senior Director of Storytelling and Radio Programming at Connecticut Public.

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