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February 22, 2017

Report Finds Immigrants Are A Powerful Economic Force In Connecticut

by Jack Kramer | Feb 22, 2017 11:30am
Posted to: Agriculture | Business | The Economy | Immigration | Jobs | Labor

Courtesy of the New American Economy HARTFORD, CT – A new report shows that immigrant-lead households in Connecticut earned $18.9 billion in 2014 – 13.9 percent of all income earned by everyone in the state that year.

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Solitary Confinement Cell Makes Its Way To The State Capitol

by Christine Stuart | Feb 22, 2017 5:30am
Posted to: Civil Liberties | Courts | Equality | Ethics | Juvenile Justice | Law Enforcement | Legal | Public Safety

Christine Stuart / ctnewsjunkie He was just one of many Tuesday left by themselves under a fluorescent light in a small cell with a bunk, but unlike the estimated 80,000 inmates nationwide in solitary confinement, Sen. Gary Winfield, D-New Haven, was able to leave after two hours.

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February 21, 2017

One of Two Minimum Wage Bills Squeaks Through Committee

by Christine Stuart | Feb 21, 2017 4:36pm
Posted to: Jobs | Labor | Poverty

Christine Stuart / ctnewsjunkie A Senate bill to increase the minimum wage to $15 an hour by 2022 failed on a split vote, but the House bill passed the Labor and Public Employees Committee by a slim one vote margin after an hour of debate.

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Connecticut Officials Say Congressional Action Jeopardizes Retirement Savings Law

by Cara Rosner | Feb 21, 2017 12:19pm
Posted to: Business | Congress | Poverty | Social Security

Christine Stuart / ctnewsjunkie State officials are worried that a retirement savings plan created last year by the General Assembly — intended to help the roughly 600,000 residents who lack such a plan — will be in jeopardy if Congressional Republicans get their way.

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Lembo Again Seeks The Legislature’s Help in Monitoring Economic Incentives

by Christine Stuart | Feb 21, 2017 5:30am
Posted to: Business | Economic Development | Jobs | Transparency

ctnewsjunkie file photo He was able to convince the legislature, but State Comptroller Kevin Lembo was unable to convince Democratic Gov. Dannel P. Malloy last year to sign a bill that would allow for the examination of certain business tax credits and economic incentives.

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February 20, 2017

Labor Unions Unite Against Anti-Collective Bargaining Bill

by Christine Stuart | Feb 20, 2017 3:30pm
Posted to: Labor | State Budget | Pensions

ctnewsjunkie file photo Under attack for decades of bad decisions regarding their pensions, Connecticut’s labor unions are uniting to fight back against a bill that would exempt retirement benefits from collective bargaining.

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Lack of Trust Between Hospitals & Administration Continues

by Christine Stuart | Feb 20, 2017 12:20pm
Posted to: Town News | Health Care | Insurance | State Budget | Taxes | Leisure & Hospital Sector

Courtesy of CT-N The Connecticut Hospital Association says it doesn’t believe the governor’s proposal to change how hospitals are funded will result in more money for hospitals, even though Gov. Dannel P. Malloy’s administration has included more money for hospitals in its budget.

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In Connecticut, Calling for Help Carries Risks for Victims of Domestic Violence

by Sarah Smith, ProPublica | Feb 20, 2017 5:26am
Posted to: Child Welfare | Civil Liberties | Courts | Equality | Law Enforcement | Legal | Public Safety | Reprinted With Permission From ProPublica | Torrington

David “Dee” Delgado for ProPublica Two days after she had fled because of a beating at the hands of her husband, Sanna Dilawar was back at her home in Torrington, Connecticut. She needed to retrieve her breast pump, and she had her 11-week-old daughter with her.

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February 17, 2017

Gun Owners Pressure Malloy Over Pistol Permit Fee Hike Proposal

by Jack Kramer | Feb 17, 2017 3:07pm
Posted to: Law Enforcement | Legal | Public Safety | Taxes | State Capitol

Jack Kramer / ctnewsjunkie HARTFORD, CT — Gun owners and legislators from both parties Friday criticized Gov. Dannel P. Malloy’s proposal to increase the state portion of the pistol permit fee from $70 to $300 and the initial 5-year pistol permit fee from $140 to $370.

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Closure of UConn Health Center Fire Department May Have Broader Implications

by Christine Stuart | Feb 17, 2017 12:10pm
Posted to: Jobs | Labor | Public Safety | State Budget | Farmington

Wikipedia image / Creative commons HARTFORD, CT—The decision by the University of Connecticut Health Center to shutter its fire department in June may have broader implications for the state than just the closure of a 16-member fire department.

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