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July 3, 2015

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by Christine Stuart | July 3, 2015 2:50 PM
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OP-ED | Union Lobbyists Had Big Wins This Legislative Session

by Suzanne Bates
Posted: Jul 3, 2015 12:00pm

In April, when the Democrats on the Finance Committee released their half of the budget calling for more than $2 billion in new revenue, most of the lobbyists were scrambling to get their hands on the details.

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OP-ED | The Good, The Bad, and the Ugly of the 2015 Special Session

by Susan Bigelow
Posted: Jul 3, 2015 10:59am

The legislature met early this week to finish up its business from this year’s session, and managed to get a lot done. Some of it was very positive and should help Connecticut move forward. Some of it was a bit less so. And some of it was, well . . .  just ugly.

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OP-ED | Stay In Connecticut But Don’t Dismiss Scott’s Message

by Terry Cowgill
Posted: Jul 3, 2015 5:30am

What should we make of a Republican governor from a large state with a relatively strong economy who comes to embattled Connecticut to steal some jobs from us? For starters, we should pay attention and not dismiss him as a publicity seeker. We should not shoot the messenger, who in this case has a rather questionable business career of his own, but rather assess his message.

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Malloy Vetoes Municipal Double-Dipping

by Christine Stuart
Posted: Jul 2, 2015 5:13pm

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy vetoed a bill Thursday that would have allowed municipal employees to collect a pension and a salary at the same time.

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Sens. Fasano, Kennedy Seek Review of Clinics Closing In East Haven, Branford

by New Haven Register
Posted: Jul 2, 2015 12:11am

Two state senators are requesting a formal review and public hearing to explore options concerning Yale New Haven Health System’s plans to shut clinics in Branford and East Haven.

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Obama on Overtime Pay Proposal: ‘A Hard Day’s Work Deserves a Fair Day’s Pay’

by Madeline Stocker
Posted: Jul 1, 2015 1:50pm

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Regulators Turn Down Iberdrola’s $3B Bid to Buy UIL Holdings

by New Haven Register
Posted: Jul 1, 2015 12:49pm

Connecticut utility regulators issued a tentative ruling Tuesday that denies a bid by Spanish energy giant Iberdrola to acquire New Haven-based UIL Holdings for $3 billion.

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Connecticut Leaders Demand Domestic Terrorism Investigation

by Madeline Stocker
Posted: Jun 30, 2015 5:34pm

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Report: Women In CT Denied Some Mandated Health Benefits

by Peggy McCarthy
Posted: Jun 30, 2015 12:07pm

Women in Connecticut have been denied health insurance benefits in violation of the federal Affordable Care Act, according to a study by the National Women’s Law Center.

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Connecticut Tribes Denied Second Chance to Petition for Sovereignty

by Madeline Stocker
Posted: Jun 29, 2015 11:20pm

Flanked by U.S. Sens. Chris Murphy and Richard Blumenthal, Gov. Dannel P. Malloy announced Monday that Indian tribes in Connecticut who had previously been denied federal recognition would not be given a second bite at the apple.

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Warren Talks Trickle-Down Economics and GOP Presidential Candidates at JJB Dinner

by Christine Stuart
Posted: Jun 29, 2015 10:40pm

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OP-ED | In Charleston, Love Overcomes Hate

by Will Hermann
Posted: Jun 29, 2015 11:30am

Ten years ago, my family and I visited Charleston, South Carolina for the first time and found it to be one of the friendliest cities.

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OP-ED | There’s Plenty of Hospital Money – It’s About Where They Spend It

by Tom Swan
Posted: Jun 29, 2015 9:00am

If recent media reports on the impact of the state budget on our hospitals seem familiar, that’s because they are.

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DC NEWS JUNKIE | CT’s Federal Delegation Rejoices After Marriage Equality Ruling

by Jordan Fenster
Posted: Jun 29, 2015 7:40am

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Malloy Vetoes 3 Bills

by Christine Stuart
Posted: Jun 26, 2015 3:44pm

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DC NEWS JUNKIE | Murphy Addresses Gun Violence For 33rd Time; Delegates React to ACA Ruling

by Jordan Fenster
Posted: Jun 26, 2015 12:41pm

Sen. Murphy addressed the Senate this week on the issue of gun violence for the 33rd time since taking office in 2013, and Connecticut's congressional delegates react to Thursday's SCOTUS ruling on the Affordable Care Act.

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OP-ED | A To-Do List for the Incoming Republican State Chairman

by Susan Bigelow
Posted: Jun 26, 2015 10:00am

Congratu- lations, JR Romano, on becoming the new chairman of the state Republican Party! The good news for you is that for the first time in a decade, that fact may no longer be such an albatross around your neck.

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OP-ED | Not My Father’s GOP

by Sarah Darer Littman
Posted: Jun 26, 2015 8:00am

Since my mother passed away suddenly earlier this year, just 16 months after Dad, my siblings and I have been dealing with the painful process of clearing out her apartment for sale. Mom was both a packrat and the keeper of family history, so there is much to sort through - with a wealth of memories and emotions encountered in the process.

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OP-ED | Recall Elections: Change We Can Do Without

by Terry Cowgill
Posted: Jun 26, 2015 7:40am

Change. It's one of those words when uttered in a political context conjures up images of a cynical office seeker looking to exploit a malaise that might or might not be based in reality.

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OP-ED | Are Drug Company Kickbacks Fueling A Deadly Public Health Crisis In Connecticut?

by Matt DeRienzo
Posted: Jun 25, 2015 11:28pm

Pharmaceutical companies’ aggressive marketing of expensive (and profitable) medications has likely exacerbated America’s problems with health care.

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Supreme Court’s ACA Decision Applauded By Connecticut

by Christine Stuart
Posted: Jun 25, 2015 3:06pm

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Case Against Derby Nurse Involves Potent Painkiller

by Lisa Chedekel
Posted: Jun 25, 2015 10:32am

Federal charges against Derby nurse Heather Alfonso center on a powerful and addictive painkiller called Subsys, which has been heavily marketed by the Arizona-based manufacturer Insys Therapeutics, federal officials confirmed Wednesday.

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Uber, NAACP Try to ‘Move the Needle’ in New Haven

by New Haven Register
Posted: Jun 24, 2015 3:08pm

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WNPR | The Land of Steady Habits and Leaving Things Til the Last Minute

Posted: Jun 24, 2015 11:11am

The Wheel- house tries to figure out where things stand at the capitol, while states like Florida are vying for Connecticut companies. Guests include Colin McEnroe, Christine Stuart, and Keith Phaneuf.

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Concerned About Cuts, Recipients and Human Service Providers Remind Lawmakers That ‘People Matter’

by Elizabeth Regan
Posted: Jun 23, 2015 6:05pm

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July 2, 2015

Administration Walks Back Decision on Nursing Home Funding

by Christine Stuart | Jul 2, 2015 1:17pm
Posted to: Aging | Business | Equality | Health Care | Jobs | Labor | Legal | State Budget | Special Session

CTNJ file photo Democratic lawmakers defended budget language earlier this week that said more money would go to union nursing homes than non-union nursing homes. But as it turns out, the formula will need to be changed.

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Paid Family Leave Is Reborn

by Elizabeth Regan | Jul 2, 2015 5:30am
Posted to: Aging | Business | The Economy | Equality | Health Care | Insurance | Labor | State Budget | Special Session | State Capitol

Christine Stuart file photo Budget adjustments signed into law Tuesday mean the state is on the road to adopting paid family and medical leave, but state leaders disagree about how long the road will be and where it will end.

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July 1, 2015

Union Leader ‘Stunned’ By Malloy Veto of Standards For Education Commish

by Christine Stuart | Jul 1, 2015 3:42pm
Posted to: Education

CTNJ file photo One of the four bills Gov. Dannel P. Malloy vetoed Tuesday would have prescribed educational qualifications for the state’s Education Commissioner.

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Lembo Certifies $115.7M Budget Deficit

by Christine Stuart | Jul 1, 2015 11:37am
Posted to: State Budget | Taxes | State Capitol

Christine Stuart photo The 2016 budget officially begins today, but the 2015 budget is still running a $115.7 million deficit, according to state Comptroller Kevin Lembo.

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June 30, 2015

Malloy Explains Why He Reneged on Promise Not to Raise Taxes

by Elizabeth Regan | Jun 30, 2015 3:49pm
Posted to: Business | Election 2014 | State Budget | Special Session | Taxes | State Capitol | Transportation

Christine Stuart photo Ending a months-long budget process that went right up until the last day of the fiscal year, Gov. Dannel P. Malloy on Tuesday broke a campaign promise when he signed a two-year, $40.3 billion budget that includes $1.3 billion in tax hikes.

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Republicans Ask Labor Commissioner To Apply for Waiver

by Cara Rosner | Jun 30, 2015 3:43pm
Posted to: Business | Equality | Labor | Legal

Republican lawmakers and business advocates are asking the Department of Labor commissioner to seek a waiver from the federal government - which would mitigate businesses’ rising unemployment tax burden - by a quickly approaching deadline Wednesday.

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House Joins Senate In Voting For Budget Implementer

by Christine Stuart | Jun 30, 2015 1:19am
Posted to: Business | Education | State Budget | Special Session | Taxes | State Capitol | Transparency

Christine Stuart file photo The debate in the House on language to implement the budget focused early Tuesday morning on what the state is doing to attract businesses.

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June 29, 2015

Lawmakers Invoke Memory of Charleston Victims In Passing Police Reforms

by Elizabeth Regan | Jun 29, 2015 6:22pm
Posted to: Civil Liberties | Courts | Equality | Juvenile Justice | Law Enforcement | Legal | State Capitol | Special Session

Christine Stuart The state House of Representatives opened Monday’s special session with a moment of silence for the nine people killed by a gunman at a black South Carolina church on June 17 and invoked their memory again when they passed a bill to address the use of excessive of force by police officers.

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Language Implementing Budget Includes Dozens of Other Legislative Concepts

by Christine Stuart | Jun 29, 2015 3:50pm

Christine Stuart photo The legislative language implementing the bulk of the two-year, $40.3 billion budget is 693 pages long and includes public policy that some thought died on June 3.

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Association Says Nursing Home Allocation Violates Federal Law

by Christine Stuart | Jun 29, 2015 5:29am
Posted to: Aging | Business | Equality | Health Care | Insurance | Jobs | Labor | Legal | State Budget

CTNJ file photo The state’s largest association of skilled nursing facilities says the way lawmakers are planning to distribute funds to nursing homes violates federal law.

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