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May 27, 2016

OP-ED | Downwardly Mobile

by Barth Keck | May 27, 2016 10:00am

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I’ve sung this cautionary tune before. Many times. But I can’t stop singing. It’s like I’m some modern day Cassandra, continually bemoaning the scourge of the smartphone, only to be ignored.

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OP-ED | Let Them Eat Cake - A Wake-up Call to Scrutinize Our Economic Incentive Policies

by Sarah Darer Littman | May 27, 2016 9:00am

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Just weeks after passing an austerity budget, in a stunning display of “let them eat cakery” the State Bonding Commission is set to vote on a $22 million grant to Bridgewater Associates, one of the world’s largest hedge funds run by Ray Dalio, who is ranked 29th on the Forbes 400 and ninth in the Forbes 2016 list of highest earning hedge fund managers.

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OP-ED | Will New Overtime Rules Really Help Workers?

by Terry Cowgill | May 27, 2016 5:30am

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Do you think you deserve a raise but your boss doesn’t or says s/he can’t afford it? Who doesn’t? The best way to get a raise would be to convince your boss of your worthiness. If all else fails, there is the government.

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May 23, 2016

ANALYSIS | Sullivan, Rating Agencies Signal Little Room For Error in CT’s Budget

by Christine Stuart | May 23, 2016 2:05pm

CTNewsJunkie file photo Lawmakers passed a $19.76 billion budget for 2017 last week, mostly along party lines, that included no tax increases and more than $820 million in spending cuts.

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May 20, 2016

OP-ED | Not All Teachers Are So Disconsolate

by Barth Keck | May 20, 2016 10:00am

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Teaching is a career that offers intrinsic rewards not often found in other professions. Helping kids learn and watching them succeed is an immensely gratifying experience. So why are some teachers steering people away from the career?

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OP-ED | Florida Bound: The Puzzling Popularity of Jodi Rell

by Terry Cowgill | May 20, 2016 5:30am

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As a recovering English teacher, one of best things about covering politics is it’s rich with irony — which coincidentally happens to be my favorite literary device. Within days of each other last week, we learned two things: lawmakers in Hartford had passed what state Rep. Roberta Willis described as an “unpleasant” budget that closed a nearly $1 billion deficit. And they did so without major tax increases.

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May 13, 2016

OP-ED | Garbage In, Garbage Out: A Reminder for PEAC and the State Board of Education

by Sarah Darer Littman | May 13, 2016 1:00pm

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In computer programming 101 they teach the term, “Garbage In, Garbage Out,” and it’s commonly known as “GIGO.” In other words, no matter how great the logic in your program, if you input poor data, you’re going to get a bad result.

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OP-ED | Connecticut’s Fiscal Crisis Has Reached a Middle

by Susan Bigelow | May 13, 2016 10:00am

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What, you thought our fight with deficits was almost over? Think again.

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OP-ED | GOP Media Stumbles and Lysol For The UConn Foundation

by Terry Cowgill | May 13, 2016 5:30am

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Having been largely shut out of the government since M. Jodi Rell left 990 Prospect Avenue six years ago, the Republicans in the state of Connecticut are easy to make fun of. Despite modest gains in recent years, they still don’t have any seats in Congress, and they control neither legislative house in Hartford and none of the six constitutional offices. Heck, even deep-blue Massachusetts now has a Republican governor again.

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May 6, 2016

OP-ED | 2016 Regular Session: Winners and Losers

by Susan Bigelow | May 6, 2016 10:00am

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This session, this brutal, awful, disheartening session, finally wheezed to an anticlimactic close Wednesday night. There were loads of losers, but did anyone actually win?

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