Updates from the trail

Members of Congress enjoy famously generous federal health coverage benefits—but the evidence continues to show that the average Connecticut state government employee does even better.

Some unusual new evidence has surfaced in the persons of Sen. Richard Blumenthal, former Sen. Joseph Lieberman, U.S. Rep. John Larson, and former U.S. Reps. Rob Simmons and Chris Shays.

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Seven years of one-party rule under the disastrous leadership of Gov. Dannel P. Malloy and more than a decade of irresponsible stewardship of our state by Hartford insiders has brought Connecticut to ruin. Our state is facing another grave fiscal crisis our state leaders have made worse by pursuing a job-crushing, tax-hiking agenda that ignores the need for fundamental reform.

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The heir to Dannel P. Malloy should have to make do with lodgings at the governor’s residence and a state trooper detail — but no pension — if Republican Tim Herbst has his druthers.

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Trumbull First Selectman Tim Herbst, a GOP candidate for governor in 2018, slammed Speaker of the House Joe Aresimowicz (D-Berlin) last week after Aresimowicz skipped a budget meeting to attend a golf tournament.

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HARTFORD -- New face, in the ranks of Republicans seeking the GOP nomination for governor next year: Tim Herbst. Why the First Selectman of Trumbull thinks he's the party's best hope for victory.

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Tim Herbst overlooked the crowd at Trumbull High School, where he once graduated 19 years ago, took a breath, then announced to his supporters his ambitions as the candidate for the governor of Connecticut.

And as the 36 year-old Republican, and four-term first selectman of Trumbull put it, “The telling it like it is tour starts today.”

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TRUMBULL — A fired-up Tim Herbst on Thursday said he intends to be the state’s next governor, saying he intends to “take on the corrupt gold-dome culture” and “root out waste, fraud and abuse at every level” of state government.

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Saying he is against tolls and legalizing recreational marijuana, Trumbull first selectman Timothy Herbst formally entered the crowded race for governor Thursday. Standing at Trumbull High School on the 19th anniversary of his graduation, Herbst told supporters that he would bring a new vision to Hartford.

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TRUMBULL — Are retired state legislators and high-ranking state officials running up huge health care bills at the taxpayers expense? Trumbull First Selectman Timothy M. Herbst, a likely candidate for governor, says that he would like to know.

Herbst, who is expected to announce his run for the governor’s chair June 8, on Thursday filed a Freedom of Information Act request with the Office of the State Comptroller in which he asked for details on the costs to state taxpayers of funding health care benefits “for certain retired state legislators and state officials who also served in the U.S. Congress.”

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First Selectman Timothy M. Herbst, who filed an exploratory committee for statewide office in January, called an outlined concession deal between Gov. Dan Malloy, Democratic leaders and organized labor interests “smoke and mirrors” and said it did little to improve the state’s finances.

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