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April 30, 2016

Stunned Democrats Try To Regroup To Get Budget Deal Without Malloy

by Christine Stuart | April 30, 2016 5:06pm

screengrab from Twitter Gov. Dannel P. Malloy and his budget director, Ben Barnes, were not at the state Capitol Saturday negotiating the budget with a stunned group of Democratic legislative leaders, who seemed confused about their absence.

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Lawmaker Struggles To Sell Bill To Help American Car Company Open Retail Stores

by Christine Stuart | April 30, 2016 3:59pm

Christine Stuart file photo Unable to find a compromise, Senate Majority Leader Bob Duff, D-Norwalk, gave up on legislation that would have allowed electric car manufacturers like Tesla to sell directly to customers in Connecticut.

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House Gets Chance To Debate Fate of Nuclear Power Plant

by Christine Stuart | April 30, 2016 2:45pm

Courtesy of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission Flickr A bill designed as a “safety net” for the nuclear energy industry sailed through the state Senate late Friday — just five minutes after it was posted online and a month after the industry signaled that it was struggling.

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Senate Sends Medical Marijuana For Minors Legislation To Malloy’s Desk

by Christine Stuart | April 30, 2016 12:30am

Doug Hardy photo The Senate gave final passage to a bill Friday that would give children under the age of 18 access to non-smokeable medical marijuana.

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April 29, 2016

Malloy To Reporters: Budget Negotiations ‘Are Hitting A Wall’

by Christine Stuart | April 29, 2016 11:51pm

Christine Stuart photo Gov. Dannel P. Malloy called reporters down to his Capitol office Friday night after 10:30 p.m. to let them know he didn’t think he would be able to strike a deal with Democratic legislative leaders before noon Saturday.

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Revenues Fall Short Leaving 2016 and 2017 Budgets In The Red

by Christine Stuart | April 29, 2016 7:05pm

Christine Stuart photo (Updated 8:10 p.m.) April tax revenues did not come in as anticipated Friday, which means this year’s deficit will grow to about $256 million and the 2017 budget is $960 million in the red.

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House Sends Bill Requiring Insurance Coverage For 3D Mammograms To Senate

by Jack Kramer | April 29, 2016 3:11pm

Christine Stuart file photo Even in the toughest of financial times there is legislation that, even though it costs money, draws bipartisan support.

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Federal Report Finds Wide Disparities Among Medicare Recipients

by Lisa Chedekel | April 29, 2016 2:38pm

istock Blacks and Hispanics are less likely than whites to get flu vaccines, have a preventive health care visit, or receive follow-up care after being hospitalized for a mental health disorder, according to a first-of-its kind federal report that looks at health disparities among people on Medicare Advantage plans.

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OP-ED | Protecting The Rich Means Short-changing Mental Health

by Jacqueline Brunelle and Immacula Cann | April 29, 2016 12:30pm

In January, President Obama challenged Republican lawmakers to “put your money where your mouth is” on the importance of mental health spending and reforms. We hope this might serve as a friendly reminder to Gov. Dannel P. Malloy to reconsider the layoffs he’s announced for mental health workers like us at already short-staffed facilities that provide essential care to patients whose illnesses unfortunately make them a danger to themselves and others.

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OP-ED | Dems Punt on Budget, Again

by Susan Bigelow | April 29, 2016 10:00am

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It’s been a pretty intense week all around, what with the primary and the looming end of the legislative session, so Democrats can almost be forgiven for turning in a budget that was late and poorly thought out. Almost.

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