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June 23, 2017

Shared Solar Struggles In Connecticut

by Christine Stuart | Jun 23, 2017 5:30am
Posted to: Energy | Environment | Hartford | Simsbury

LEUNGCHOPAN VIA SHUTTERSTOCK HARTFORD — (Updated 2:30 p.m.) It could produce 2,580 full-time jobs during construction and $374 million in local economic benefits for the state, according to a new report, but the idea of shared solar hasn’t gotten off the ground in Connecticut.

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June 22, 2017

Lawmakers Look To Pass Budget, Float Sales Tax Increase

by Christine Stuart | Jun 22, 2017 3:20pm
Posted to: State Budget | Taxes | State Capitol

Christine Stuart / ctnewsjunkie HARTFORD, CT — (Updated 4:17 p.m.) With the governor threatening to veto any resolution the legislature passes to keep government going in the absence of a state budget agreement, Democrats, who hold a slim majority in the House, are being encouraged to adopt a two-year budget.

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Yale Study Finds Indoor Tanning Ban For Minors Is Not Fool Proof

by Cara Rosner | Jun 22, 2017 11:36am
Posted to: Health Care | Public Health

Wikipedia In states where minors are banned from using indoor tanning facilities, like Connecticut, young people are still accessing the services, a new study has found.

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$25 Million And Counting

by Christine Stuart | Jun 22, 2017 5:30am
Posted to: Business | Campaign Finance | Ethics | State Capitol

shutterstock Lobbyists spent $25 million this year trying to push their issues over the legislative finish line, according to reports filed with the Office of State Ethics.

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June 21, 2017

Legislative Leaders, Malloy Meet And Aim For June 29

by Christine Stuart | Jun 21, 2017 11:46am
Posted to: State Budget | Special Session

Christine Stuart / ctnewsjunkie HARTFORD, CT — (Updated 1:15 p.m.) Legislative leaders and Gov. Dannel P. Malloy met for about an hour Wednesday to discuss how to move forward with a two-year budget that closes a $5.1 billion deficit.

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Cities and Towns Try To Grab Lawmakers’ Attention

by Christine Stuart | Jun 21, 2017 5:30am
Posted to: Town News | State Budget

Screengrab of CCM ad A municipal lobbying group is asking lawmakers to act quickly to adopt a responsible state budget. But getting their attention — now that lawmakers aren’t gathering at the state Capitol on a daily basis — is a challenge.

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June 20, 2017

State Will Use Rainy Day Fund To Close $107.2M Budget Hole

by Christine Stuart | Jun 20, 2017 9:12pm
Posted to: State Budget | Taxes | State Capitol

Christine Stuart / ctnewsjunkie The state is expected to end the 2017 fiscal year with a $107.2 million shortfall, according a monthly budget report from Office of Policy and Management Secretary Ben Barnes.

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Health Providers Tell Lawmakers To Avoid Austerity and Expand Sales Tax Base

by Christine Stuart | Jun 20, 2017 1:32pm
Posted to: Health Care | Mental Health Care | Insurance | State Budget | Special Session | Taxes | State Capitol

Christine Stuart / ctnewsjunkie HARTFORD, CT — Providers of mostly health services came to the Legislative Office Building Tuesday to implore lawmakers to avoid austerity by broadening the sales tax base.

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Attorneys Take Social Services Department Back to Court

by Christine Stuart | Jun 20, 2017 5:30am
Posted to: Child Welfare | Equality | Health Care | Mental Health Care | Legal | Public Health | Poverty

Christine Stuart / ctnewsjunkie HARTFORD, CT — (Updated 9:30 a.m.) Last week attorneys in a class action lawsuit asked the court to extend the consent decree with the Department of Social Services for two more years because they say the state is again falling behind in processing Medicaid applications.

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June 19, 2017

Blumenthal Gathers Healthcare Stories To Take To Washington

by Christine Stuart | Jun 19, 2017 11:50am
Posted to: Congress | Health Care | Mental Health Care | Insurance | Jobs

Christine Stuart / ctnewsjunkie HARTFORD, CT — Nearly 50 Connecticut residents signed up to tell U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal to do what he can to protect the Affordable Care Act because the consequences of the American Health Care Act are cruel.

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