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December 6, 2017

Medicare Savings Program Changes Put On Hold

by Christine Stuart | Dec 6, 2017 11:30am
Posted to: Health Care | Insurance | Jobs | Legal | State Budget | State Capitol

ctnewsjunkie file photo HARTFORD, CT — (Updated 2:37 p.m.) The 113,000 seniors and disabled who would be impacted by eligibility reductions to the Medicare Savings Program may be getting a two-month reprieve.

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Bailout In Full Swing To Get Pretrial Detainees Home for the Holidays

by Christine Stuart | Dec 6, 2017 5:30am
Posted to: Civil Liberties | Courts | Immigration | Law Enforcement | Legal | Nonprofits | New Haven

With permission from the Connecticut Bail Fund NEW HAVEN, CT — Keesha De’Silva was looking at spending 120 days in jail after getting arrested for sleeping in a park hours after being evicted, but the Connecticut Bail Fund was able to get her out.

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December 5, 2017

Connecticut Senators Seek Transparency In Sexual Harassment Settlements

by Jack Kramer | Dec 5, 2017 2:47pm
Posted to: Congress | DC News Junkie | Equality | Federal Budget | Legal

Orhan Cam via shutterstock HARTFORD, CT — U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal said that any sexual harassment complaints involving senators and House members in which taxpayer money was secretly paid out should be disclosed as long as the “victim wants them to be made public.”

Blumenthal addressed the issue Monday at a press conference at the Legislative Office Building.

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Blumenthal Cites Loss of Deduction for Crumbling Foundations: ‘This Hits Connecticut Harder’

by Jack Kramer | Dec 5, 2017 11:30am
Posted to: Business | Real Estate | Congress | DC News Junkie | Federal Budget | Town News | Taxes | White House

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HARTFORD — U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal on Monday said Connecticut has more to lose than some other states if the Republican-backed federal tax plan is signed into law, because a tax write-off is about to be eliminated for thousands of Connecticut homeowners with crumbling foundations.

“This hits Connecticut harder,” Blumenthal said Monday at a press conference at the Legislative Office Building, where he discussed how the Senate and House Republican proposals to overhaul federal tax policy would eliminate the tax deduction for property casualty losses except those stemming from federally declared disasters.

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Progressive Nonprofit Forms To Support Female Candidates Who Share Their Values

by Christine Stuart | Dec 5, 2017 5:30am
Posted to: Election 2018 | Equality | Hartford

Christine Stuart / ctnewsjunkie HARTFORD, CT — The “shock of the 2016 election” and what they see as policy failures by the General Assembly inspired a progressive women’s advocacy group to get organized. 

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December 4, 2017

Republican Gubernatorial Candidate Floats Tax Cuts

by Christine Stuart | Dec 4, 2017 2:47pm
Posted to: Election 2018 | State Budget | Pensions | Taxes | Hartford

Christine Stuart / ctnewsjunkie HARTFORD, CT — An investment banker running for the Republican nomination for governor is embracing the economic policies espoused by his friend of two decades, Arthur Laffer, who rose to prominence during the Reagan administration.

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Mattei Switches Gears to Seek AG’s Office

by Jack Kramer | Dec 4, 2017 12:17pm
Posted to: Election 2018 | Legal | Windsor

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HARTFORD, CT — Earlier this year Chris Mattei, best known for putting former Gov. John G. Rowland in jail a second time, was one of the first Democratic candidates to say he was interested in running for governor in 2018. On Monday, Mattei changed course.

He announced outside of the State Supreme Court, and in front of a large crowd of family and supporters, that he is now a candidate for Attorney General, the second Democrat to state his intention to run for the seat that will be vacated next year by Democrat George Jepsen.

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Legislative Leaders, Malloy To Meet Mid-Week To Discuss Deficit

by Christine Stuart | Dec 4, 2017 5:30am
Posted to: State Budget | Special Session | Taxes | State Capitol

ctnewsjunkie file photo HARTFORD, CT — Legislative leaders will meet Wednesday with Gov. Dannel P. Malloy in what could be an awkward conversation over how to handle the current deficit.

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December 2, 2017

4 Gubernatorial Candidates Vie For Progressive Vote

by Christine Stuart | Dec 2, 2017 4:07pm
Posted to: Election 2018 | New Haven

Christine Stuart / ctnewsjunkie NEW HAVEN — Four Democratic candidates who are either exploring or already in the 2018 race for governor vied for the progressive vote Saturday during a debate at a school in the city’s Fair Haven neighborhood.

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December 1, 2017

Lembo Certifies $207.8M Deficit That Triggers Mitigation

by Christine Stuart | Dec 1, 2017 12:21pm
Posted to: State Budget | Special Session | Taxes | State Capitol

ctnewsjunkie file photo HARTFORD, CT — (Updated 3:51 p.m) State Comptroller Kevin Lembo certified a $207.8 million state budget deficit Friday.

That means Gov. Dannel P. Malloy will be required to submit a deficit mitigation plan to the legislature because the deficit exceeds one percent of net general fund spending.

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