How Will Connecticut’s New Budget Affect You?

The state’s $19 million budget for 2014-15 was implemented Tuesday.

The state of Connecticut’s budget is set to increase 2.5 percent before the end of the current fiscal year on June 30, 2015. Several of the tax breaks won’t be implemented immediately as the state can’t afford them.

You can read the legislation in full on the Connecticut state website, but here are some of the most significant ways it is going to affect you:

  • Minimum wage increase: The much-discussed minimum wage increase will only come into effect January 1, when it will rise from $8.70 to $9.15. It increases to $9.60 on Jan. 1, 2016. By Jan. 1, 2017 it is planned to go up to $10.10.

  • Sexual assault on campus: There have been numerousaccusations of mismanagement of sexual assault reports on campuses around the country. Now, Connecticut colleges must adopt and share information about policies relating to sexual violence, and to offer prevention and awareness programming. Colleges are also required to provide victims with information about their rights and options.

  • Teachers: Up until now, Connecticut teachers could only be dismissed for specific reasons. Following a major education reform bill that came into effect Tuesday, teachers can now be dismissed for being judged generally incompetent.  

  • Registered nurses: Advanced practice registered nurses, or APRNs, can now practice independently, as long as they have been practicing with a physician for at least three years.

There are further details of the budget on The Hartford Courant.

What do you think of these changes? Will any of them affect you directly? Let us know in the Comments section.

dave mills July 05, 2014 at 09:47 AM
lets try $19 billion budget
John Asmar July 05, 2014 at 10:00 AM
The new budget if Malloy is elected again will cost me more in taxes. Reason being the deficit is huge not a surplus like everyone is saying. Hold on to your wallets folks Malloy will be wanting more of your cash as usual.
Jim Eastwood July 05, 2014 at 11:44 AM
I am a Little bit poorer !!!!
MAC July 07, 2014 at 12:00 PM
Dannel '88 MUST GO!!! We can't afford him, and he's driving job creators and Tax Payers away, with his TAX & SPEND, anti-business, anti-jobs policies!!----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------The good thing here is that under the "major education reform bill that came into effect Tuesday, teachers can now be dismissed for being judged generally incompetent." I wonder how many are eligible under those grounds, especially in Bridgeport, New Haven and Hartford?
REVMAN July 12, 2014 at 11:20 AM
The minimum wage is designed to make sure they can buy and afford Obama care when they make $10.10


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