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May 18, 2017

House Tables Debate On National Popular Vote

by Christine Stuart | May 18, 2017 11:19am
Posted to: Election 2016 | Election Policy

Christine Stuart / ctnewsjunkie HARTFORD, CT — (Updated 1:43 p.m.) After 90 minutes the House Thursday decided to table debate on a controversial bill that could change how the results of presidential contests are counted.

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Another Day Another Wall Street Rating Agency Downgrade

by Christine Stuart | May 18, 2017 10:00am
Posted to: The Economy | Financial Sector | State Budget | Pensions | Wall Street

shutterstock It’s been sort of a streak. Three Wall Street rating agencies have downgraded Connecticut’s creditworthiness in the last five days.

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Budget Negotiations Begin, But There’s No Labor Agreement Yet

by Christine Stuart | May 18, 2017 5:30am
Posted to: State Budget | Pensions | Taxes | State Capitol

Christine Stuart / ctnewsjunkie HARTFORD, CT — It’s taking Democratic Gov. Dannel P. Malloy and his staff some time to digest three new budget proposals, two from Republicans and one from Democrats.

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May 17, 2017

House Gives Thumbs Up To Tax Credit Transparency

by Jack Kramer | May 17, 2017 5:18pm
Posted to: Economic Development | State Capitol | Transparency

Jack Kramer / ctnewsjunkie HARTFORD, CT -  Legislation that would toughen oversight of state tax credits and economic incentives unanimously passed the House of Representatives Wednesday.

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Tesla Makes Big Push For Direct Sales

by Jack Kramer | May 17, 2017 12:00pm
Posted to: Energy | Environment | Jobs | Transportation | DMV

Courtesy of Tesla HARTFORD, CT - For the second consecutive year a poll paid for by Tesla shows there is broad support for the American car manufacturer to sell their electric vehicles directly to consumers in Connecticut.

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Connecticut Keeps Pressure On EPA To Crack Down on Emissions From Coal-Fired Plant

by Christine Stuart | May 17, 2017 5:30am
Posted to: Energy | Environment

Courtesy of Talen Energy's webstie HARTFORD, CT — On the eve of Connecticut’s first unhealthy air day for the 2017 ozone season, state officials are trying again to get the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to protect residents from coal-fired power plant emissions drifting in from Pennsylvania.

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May 16, 2017

Dems Look To Marijuana, Gaming & Tolls To Fill Budget Hole; GOP Wants More Labor Savings

by Christine Stuart | May 16, 2017 4:05pm
Posted to: Health Care | Mental Health Care | Jobs | Labor | Public Health | State Budget | Taxes | State Capitol | Transportation

Ctnewsjunkie file photo HARTFORD, CT — Legislative Democratic leaders put forward a budget proposal Tuesday that legalizes marijuana, expands casino gaming, creates a paid Family and Medical Leave system, and reduces funding for Connecticut’s clean election system.

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Black and Puerto Rican Lawmakers Call On Colleagues To Support Police Accountability

by Christine Stuart | May 16, 2017 12:15pm
Posted to: Civil Liberties | Law Enforcement | Labor | Public Safety | State Budget | Bridgeport | New Haven

Christine Stuart / ctnewsjunkie HARTFORD, CT — Police accountability is lacking in Connecticut, a group of mostly Black and Puerto Rican lawmakers said Tuesday.

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Yale Students End Fast In New Haven, But Replacements Take Their Place

by Ed Stannard, New Haven Register | May 16, 2017 10:09am

Catherine Avalone / New Haven Register NEW HAVEN, CT — The last three of eight graduate teachers who were fasting to try to push Yale University to the bargaining table broke their fast after 14 days, their places taken by other members of Local 33 Unite Here. The labor action enters its third week Tuesday.

Two weeks is not long enough for a healthy person to suffer serious physical harm, according to medical professionals. After that time, however, the body will start breaking down protein in the muscles and other organs.

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Wall Street Ratings Agency Puts Pressure On Connecticut To Handle Debt

by Christine Stuart | May 16, 2017 5:30am
Posted to: The Economy | State Budget | Taxes | State Capitol

Courtesy of Moody's HARTFORD, CT — It was the second time in less than two days that a Wall Street rating agency downgraded Connecticut’s bonds.

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