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February 20, 2017

OP-ED | Keep Your Eyes on the CEO, Not the Public Employee

by Sal Luciano | February 20, 2017 10:00pm

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Back in the heyday of the Tea Party, the “12 cookies” joke made the rounds. It went like this:

A CEO, a Tea Party member and public employee sit at a table, with 12 cookies on a plate. The CEO grabs 11 cookies and tells the Tea Party member, “You better watch him. He wants your cookie.”

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February 27, 2017

Tribes Pick East Windsor For Third Casino Location

by Christine Stuart | February 27, 2017 12:01pm

ctnewsjunkie file photo The former Showcase Cinemas off I-91 in East Windsor was chosen by Connecticut’s two federally-recognized Indian tribes as the preferred location for the state’s first casino off tribal land.

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Accidental Drug Overdoses Increase 25 Percent In Connecticut

by Jack Kramer | February 27, 2017 11:30am

Jack Kramer / ctnewsjunkie HARTFORD, CT — Accidental drug intoxications caused 917 deaths in the state in 2016, an increase of 188, or 25 percent, over those killed by drugs a year earlier, according to a new report issued by the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner.

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Toll Debate Resurrected by Future Special Transportation Fund Insolvency

by Christine Stuart | February 27, 2017 5:30am

Courtesy of CT-N If lawmakers and Gov. Dannel P. Malloy hadn’t decided to use a half percent of the sales tax to help support the Special Transportation Fund, things would be much worse. But even with that sales tax revenue, the Special Transportation Fund is on pace to become insolvent between 2021 and 2022, according to state transportation officials.

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February 24, 2017

Committee Hears from Car Wash Owners About Bill to Repeal Sales Tax on Their Industry

by Jack Kramer | February 24, 2017 3:52pm

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HARTFORD, CT — Car wash owners at a public hearing Friday asked that the sales tax on their work be repealed, stating that their businesses are one of the first things people go without during tough financial times.

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OP-ED | Stand Against Trump’s Deportation Plans

by Susan Bigelow | February 24, 2017 10:00am

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The Trump era is a time of cruelty and fear. The president’s administration has gutted Obamacare, removed vital environmental protections, and rescinded federal protections for transgender children. The biggest targets so far, though, have been immigrants, especially undocumented persons and refugees.

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Norwegian Air Will Offer Bradley-to-Scotland Fares As Low As $65 Starting in June

by Dana Whalen | February 24, 2017 8:21am

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WINDSOR LOCKS, CT — Another low-cost airline is beginning nonstop service to Europe from Bradley International Airport in Windsor Locks. Promotional fares for Norwegian Air International flights to Edinburgh, Scotland will start at $65, one-way, and regular fares will be $99 one-way.

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OP-ED | Manners, Empathy, and Respect for Others - What Some Call ‘Political Correctness’

by Sarah Darer Littman | February 24, 2017 8:00am

This week we learned that the alleged “family values” party does actually draw the line somewhere. The Conservative Political Action Conference first invited, then dis-invited Milo Yiannopoulos after an interview emerged in which he made bizarre and revolting comments about pedophilia.

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Connecticut Lawmakers Debate What To Do With Tax On Plastic Bags

by Jack Kramer | February 24, 2017 5:30am

jack kramer / ctnewsjunkie HARTFORD, CT — A hearing this week to add a 5-cent state tax on single-use plastic and paper shopping bags wound up turning into a debate about where the estimated $20 million in revenue should go — to environmental projects or the general fund.

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OP-ED | Bailing Out XL Would Widen Town-City Divide

by Terry Cowgill | February 24, 2017 5:30am

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It seems like every two or three years the state of Connecticut deludes itself into thinking it’ll see the return of the National Hockey League. That’s’ probably because we’re still haunted by the ghost of then-new Whalers owner Peter Karmanos, who faced with declining attendance in 1997, moved the hapless team to Raleigh, N.C.

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