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House Sends Juvenile Justice Bill Back To Senate

by Christine Stuart
Posted: May 26, 2015 11:30pm

After attaching its own amendment to the bill, the House sent back to the Senate a bill that would give juvenile offenders serving lengthy prison terms a chance at parole.

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OP-ED | Obamacare Exchanges Help, But Confused Consumers Still Spend Too Much

by Wendell Potter
Posted: May 26, 2015 10:12pm

Here's the good news: 74 percent of people nationwide who enrolled in health insurance plans through the Obamacare exchanges rate their coverage as excellent or good. That's according to a Kaiser Family Foundation survey released last Thursday.

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Wallingford Nursing Home Fined $7,500, Must Hire Monitor

by Kate Farrish
Posted: May 26, 2015 1:21pm

A Wallingford nursing home has been fined $7,500 by the state Department of Public Health for numerous violations and has been ordered to hire a nurse consultant to monitor its care of residents.

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DC NEWS JUNKIE | CT Delegation Makes Transportation a Cause Célèbre

by Jordan Fenster
Posted: May 26, 2015 5:30am

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OP-ED | Get Health Costs Under Control: Make the Market More Fair

by Earl Baskerville
Posted: May 22, 2015 3:45pm

The Senate sent a critically important bipartisan message Thursday night. We’re on the wrong track in health care and we need to correct it. Here’s why.

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OP-ED | Respect, Protect Constitutional Spending Cap

by Brian Flaherty
Posted: May 22, 2015 3:16pm

Connecticut’s modern constitution and I both turn 50 this year. In all, it has been a pretty good run. And while I certainly can’t claim as storied a lineage as our founding document - which dates to the Fundamental Orders in 1638 - we’ve struck up a relationship over the years.

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OP-ED | Promises, Promises? Taxes, Pension Debt, the Deficit, and the Spending Cap

by Suzanne Bates
Posted: May 22, 2015 12:39pm

While the battle about next year’s budget continues at the Capitol, there was a reminder this week that this year’s budget is still unresolved because of a lingering $165 million deficit.

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DC NEWS JUNKIE | Courtney Wants Schools to Serve More Milk; Larson Heading to Cuba

by Jordan Fenster
Posted: May 22, 2015 8:30am

If Joe Courtney had his way, Americans would drink more milk. And apparently it’s an issue that reaches across aisles.

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OP-ED | Free College For All and Must The Ed Commish Be An Educator?

by Terry Cowgill
Posted: May 22, 2015 5:30am

Two education initiatives caught my eye recently. The first, a bill that would require the state education commissioner to have significant classroom and school administrative experience, has cleared the House and is headed to the Senate. I'm trying hard to feel reassured but for some reason that's not happening.

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Sharkey Modifies Property Tax Proposal & House Approves

by Christine Stuart
Posted: May 22, 2015 1:19am

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NBC Connecticut | Majority of Taxpayer-Funded Campaign Cash Goes to Connected Few

by George Colli
Posted: May 21, 2015 10:04pm

The majority of the public campaign money granted to Democratic State House and Senate candidates has gone to only a handful of politically connected consultants, some with family ties to the legislature.

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Crowd Turns Out To Slam Tweed Runway Expansion

by New Haven Register
Posted: May 21, 2015 12:35pm

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OP-ED | How Much Do We Need Standardized Tests? There’s No Clear Answer

by Susan Bigelow
Posted: May 21, 2015 8:00am

Students and teachers agree: standardized tests are a misery. But are they a necessary misery?

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Barnes Pegs 2015 Budget Deficit at $164.9M

by Christine Stuart
Posted: May 20, 2015 4:35pm

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy’s budget office is projecting that the state will end the 2015 fiscal year with a $164.9 million deficit.

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OP-ED | A State Without Poetry, or Quite a State?

by Robert Rennie McQuilkin and Susan Ballek
Posted: May 20, 2015 10:00am

As museums and history organizations across the state of Connecticut brace for budget cuts, we contemplate where in the order of priorities fall the arts and humanities. Is poetry a luxury or a staple of human mental health and spirit?

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OP-ED | Show Me The (Charter Management Fee) Money!

by Robert Cotto Jr.
Posted: May 20, 2015 8:00am

When traditional schools pay their bills to educate kids, they usually don't have much money, if any, remaining. When charter schools pay their bills, they often have money left over to spend. How much? It depends on the school.

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OP-ED | Mental Illness: The Invisible Struggle

by Aleesha Young
Posted: May 20, 2015 6:00am

As a Licensed Professional Counselor, I have worked in different capacities as a therapist in a traditional outpatient clinic, provided community-based outreach services, and currently direct a treatment team that serves individuals with severe and persistent mental illness.

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Affirmative Consent Bill Clears Senate

by Christine Stuart
Posted: May 20, 2015 12:17am

The Senate gave approval Tuesday to a bill that would require all Connecticut colleges and universities to adopt a “yes, means yes” policy when it comes to sexual consent.

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States Under Pressure to Raise Gas Tax to Support Infrastructure Repair

by CTByTheNumbers
Posted: May 19, 2015 5:14pm

In nearly two-thirds of states, state-imposed fuel taxes have not kept up with inflation for two decades, according to a Governing analysis of state gas tax data reported to the U.S. Census Bureau.

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Measure to Protect Transportation Fund One Step Closer to Referendum

by Elizabeth Regan
Posted: May 19, 2015 3:35pm

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DC NEWS JUNKIE | Bill Would Close ‘Gun Show Loophole’

by Doug Hardy
Posted: May 19, 2015 5:30am

Members of Connecticut’s congressional delegation appear to have taken up legislation to stem the tide of gun violence as a group cause.

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House Approves Modification To Drive-Only License

by Christine Stuart
Posted: May 18, 2015 11:57pm

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OP-ED | Enact a State Budget That Protects Property Taxpayers

by Joe DeLong
Posted: May 18, 2015 6:47pm

While other factors have significance, quality of life issues are the most important factors residents and businesses weigh when determining whether to relocate to or remain in a state.

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A Bill Creating A Labor History Curriculum Is Headed To Malloy’s Desk

by Christine Stuart
Posted: May 18, 2015 3:43pm

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Binge, Heavy Drinking Rates Rise In State, Especially For Women

by Lisa Chedekel
Posted: May 18, 2015 8:46am

Rates of heavy drinking in Connecticut spiked 21.3 percent between 2005 and 2012, while binge-drinking rates rose nearly 14 percent, with the largest increases among women drinkers, a new report shows.

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May 27, 2015

Healthcare Advocate Raises Red Flag

by Christine Stuart | May 27, 2015 5:30am
Posted to: Business | Ethics | Health Care | Insurance | Legal | Transparency

A key healthcare advocate is raising concerns about possible conflicts of interest in the Healthcare Innovation Steering Committee, whose members oversee the $45 million State Innovation Model grant and were appointed by Lt. Gov. Nancy Wyman.

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May 26, 2015

Appropriations Committee Forwards Paid Family Leave to House

by Elizabeth Regan | May 26, 2015 7:05pm
Posted to: Business | Child Welfare | Labor | State Budget | State Capitol

Christine Stuart A bill to establish paid family leave narrowly passed the Appropriations Committee despite uncertainty Tuesday about the fiscal implications of the measure and two amendments still up for consideration on the House floor.

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Government Hiring Drives Job Growth In April

by Christine Stuart | May 26, 2015 12:18pm
Posted to: Business | The Economy | Jobs | Labor

Government hiring, especially at the local level, helped drive Connecticut’s job gains in April.

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Budget Negotiators Express Optimism Over Weekend Talks

by Christine Stuart | May 26, 2015 5:30am
Posted to: State Budget | Taxes | State Capitol

Christine Stuart file photo State budget negotiators worked through the weekend to try to come up with a package both sides could agree upon, while Republican lawmakers tried one last time to get a seat at the table.

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May 22, 2015

Senate Sends Bipartisan Health Reforms To House

by Christine Stuart | May 22, 2015 3:41pm
Posted to: Health Care | Insurance | Jobs | Nonprofits

Christine Stuart file photo For the past two years lawmakers have struggled to come up with a public policy that addresses the changing healthcare landscape. And while the Senate passed legislation its members felt would address many of the issues, their colleagues in the House aren’t so certain it includes everything they need to get there.

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Fate of Expanded Workers’ Compensation Bill Still Uncertain

by Christine Stuart | May 22, 2015 12:26am
Posted to: Town News | Law Enforcement | Labor | Public Health | Public Safety

Christine Stuart photo The Senate sent a bill to the House that expands workers’ compensation coverage for police and firefighters, but it’s unclear if the lower chamber has the votes to pass it.

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May 21, 2015

House Lawmakers Give Tesla the Green Light; Bill Heads to Senate

by Elizabeth Regan | May 21, 2015 5:13pm
Posted to: Business | Energy | Environment | State Capitol | Transportation

A bill designed with Tesla Motors in mind made it through the House on Thursday, paving the way for the Senate to decide if the company should be allowed to bypass auto dealers and sell its electric cars directly to Connecticut consumers.

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Excessive Force Bill Top Priority for Black and Puerto Rican Caucus

by Christine Stuart | May 21, 2015 3:09pm
Posted to: Civil Liberties | Law Enforcement | Poverty | Public Safety

Christine Stuart photo The Black and Puerto Rican caucus was determined not to let a national conversation about policing and race escape them as Connecticut’s legislative session speeds to a close.

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May 20, 2015

Senate Forwards Watered-Down Casino Bill To House

by Christine Stuart | May 20, 2015 11:35pm
Posted to: Business | Gaming | Town News | East Hartford | East Windsor | Enfield | Windsor Locks | Jobs | Labor | Tribes

Christine Stuart photo A majority of Senators felt that the benefits of allowing Connecticut’s two federally recognized tribes to open up one casino north of Hartford would outweigh the risks recently outlined by Attorney General George Jepsen’s office.

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Senate Approves Variable Rate Ban to Protect Residential Electric Consumers

by Elizabeth Regan | May 20, 2015 7:15pm
Posted to: Business | Energy | Environment | Equality | State Capitol

Elizabeth Regan It is now up to the House to decide if Connecticut will become the first state in the country to ban variable-rate electricity contracts.

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