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December 12, 2017

Regents Ready Community College Consolidation

by Jack Kramer | December 12, 2017 5:29am

Jack Kramer / ctnewsjunkie file photo HARTFORD, CT - A much debated - and by some criticized - plan to restructure the state’s community colleges is due for a vote by the Board of Regents this Thursday.

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December 11, 2017

Sentencing Commission Tackles Three Big Criminal Justice Reforms

by Christine Stuart | December 11, 2017 2:23pm

Christine Stuart / ctnewsjunkie HARTFORD, CT — The public got a chance Monday to weigh in on three proposals that would change Connecticut’s criminal justice system in very different ways.

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DC NEWS JUNKIE | GOP Seeks Tax Cut Deal; Himes Presses for Trump Jr. Subpoena; Senators Split

by Peter Urban | December 11, 2017 12:30pm

Orhan Cam via Shutterstock House and Senate Republican leaders are looking to quickly reach consensus on an overhaul of tax policy this week in hopes of sending a final bill to President Donald Trump before year’s end.

Both chambers have approved separate tax measures and must now negotiate a final bill that would be brought before the House and Senate — without amendment — for a final up-or-down vote.

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Substance Abuse Treatment Provider Pays Settlement

by Jack Kramer | December 11, 2017 5:30am

APT Foundation website HARTFORD, CT — APT Foundation and its chief executive officer agreed to pay $883,859 to the state and federal government to resolve allegations that it double billed Connecticut’s Medicaid program, according to government press releases.

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December 8, 2017

Sex Harassment Rocks Congress; Gov’t Shutdown Averted For Now; Gun Safety Fight to Continue

by Peter Urban | December 8, 2017 12:38pm

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In a week that saw the #MeToo “Silence Breakers” recognized as Time Magazine’s Person of the Year, three members of Congress announced their resignations after each had been accused of inappropriate sexual behavior in the past.

Most notably was Minnesota Senator Al Franken, who announced his decision to resign Thursday on the Senate floor.

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West Haven, Hartford Would Qualify For Assistance

by Christine Stuart | December 8, 2017 12:38pm

Christine Stuart / ctnewsjunkie HARTFORD, CT — The newly formed Municipal Accountability Review Board, which will be in charge of helping extremely distressed municipalities like West Haven and Hartford get their finances under control, met for the first time Friday.

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OP-ED | I Hope You Didn’t Have Anywhere to Be in 2019

by Susan Bigelow | December 8, 2017 10:00am

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Gov. Dannel P. Malloy is warning us that without quick intervention, Connecticut’s Special Transportation Fund will be underwater by 2019. There’s no quick fix, no easy solution, and no way out that isn’t going to be painful. All aboard!

One of the unpopular opinions I hold is that I genuinely like and respect Dan Malloy. I don’t agree with him on everything, and sometimes he makes me want to tear my hair out. That said, he’s smart about policy and he’s always understood that transportation is absolutely vital to what’s left of Connecticut’s economy. In fact, the two achievements of his time in office that could potentially endure longer than anything else he’s done are both transportation related: CTFastrak, the bus rapid transit corridor from Hartford to New Britain that is helping to reshape the region, and the Hartford Line commuter rail opening next year.

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OP-ED | UConn Must Step Up As Discourse Deteriorates

by Barth Keck | December 8, 2017 5:30am

Screengrab from the University of Connecticut Republicans YouTube video of the speech
The dust-up at the University of Connecticut last week involving Lucian Wintrich, the White House correspondent for the right-wing Gateway Pundit, was not UConn’s brightest moment.

In case you somehow missed it, chaos ensued when the UConn College Republicans invited Wintrich to deliver a speech titled, “It Is OK To Be White.”

While Wintrich spoke amid boisterous dissent, a woman grabbed his notes off the podium. The Hartford Courant reported that Wintrich followed the woman into the crowd where “police said he grabbed [her], ‘pulling her back in a violent manner,’ and caused a significant disruption to the event with his ‘tumultuous behavior’.”

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Municipal Review Board To Meet

by Christine Stuart | December 8, 2017 5:30am

ctnewsjunkie HARTFORD, CT — The 11-member board created by the state budget to work with financially distressed municipalities in order to help them avoid insolvency or bankruptcy will hold its first meeting today.

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy appointed three members: Thomas S. Hamilton, finance chief for the Norwalk school system; state Labor Department Commissioner Scott D. Jackson of Hamden; and West Hartford attorney John “Jay” Nolan.

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December 7, 2017

Malloy Defends Transportation Policy While Calling For Solution To Looming Insolvency

by Christine Stuart | December 7, 2017 3:41pm

Christine Stuart / ctnewsjunkie HARTFORD, CT — Democratic Gov. Dannel P. Malloy said Thursday that the state is at a fork in the road when it comes to funding transportation projects and it will have to decide soon what projects it wants to fund, what fares it wants to raise, and what services it wants to provide.

“The state’s Special Transportation Fund can no longer support normal operation or planned levels of capital investment,” Malloy said. “We are at a fork in the road. We can either raise fares, cut services, cancel important projects in towns and cities across Connecticut or we can embark on a serious conversation about how we plan to support and grow the Special Transportation Fund in the years to come.”

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