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April 29, 2016

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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OP-ED | A Starting Point to Discuss Improving Connecticut’s Competitiveness

by Sarah Darer Littman | April 29, 2016 8:00am

Earlier this month, the Business Council of Fairfield County Foundation presented a Connecticut Economic Competitiveness Diagnostic, prepared by McKinsey and Company, to the state’s Commission on Economic Competitiveness.

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April 28, 2016

OP-ED | Public Retirement Option Needed, But Will It Grow Into A Monster?

by Terry Cowgill | April 28, 2016 5:30am

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It’s something almost all of us should be worrying about. Unless you’re young, independently wealthy or have a good government job or the equivalent in the private sector, you’re probably wondering how you’re going to survive when you can’t work anymore.

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Frustration Mounts As Democrats Are Slow To Put Forward Budget Plan

by Christine Stuart | April 28, 2016 5:29am

Democratic legislative leaders said they have a budget proposal that addresses the budget deficit, but they haven’t shared it with Democratic Gov. Dannel P. Malloy, the public, or the news media.

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April 22, 2016

OP-ED | PRIMARY 2016: Connecticut Matters! Sort Of

by Susan Bigelow | April 22, 2016 10:00am

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Connecticut’s not the caboose of the primary calendar, but we’re usually near enough to the back of the train that by the time the campaigns get around to us it’s all but over. But this year, to everyone’s amazement, our votes actually count for something!

Except that they kind of don’t.

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April 19, 2016

OP-ED | Using Standardized Test Scores to Evaluate Teachers Won’t Solve the Problem

by Barth Keck | April 19, 2016 1:00pm

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Parents in America are not doing their jobs. Kids are growing up spoiled, obese, and irresponsible. Ineffective parenting, quite simply, is putting America’s future in jeopardy.

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April 18, 2016

OP-ED | Who Is An Exoneree?

by Tejas Bhatt | April 18, 2016 5:29am

After deliberating for nearly 10 months, in late July 2013, the Connecticut Supreme Court issued its opinion in a case called Sean Adams v. Commissioner, which involved a murder from 1996.

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April 15, 2016

OP-ED | What Comes After Layoffs?

by Susan Bigelow | April 15, 2016 9:00am

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For all the state workers getting their pink slips this week, I am so sorry. There was no will in the legislature to do anything else, your union leaders couldn’t bring themselves to open up negotiations over pensions and benefits, and a bitter, angry public just wants to see the ax fall.

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OP-ED | Union Concessions? You’re Getting ‘Cooler and Warmer’

by Terry Cowgill | April 15, 2016 5:30am


How bad have things gotten in Connecticut? Well, we are now being lectured to by one of the only states we had previously looked down upon. In a tongue-lashing editorial headlined “Failing in Connecticut,” the Providence Journal took aim at Connecticut’s state employee pension liability and the failure on the part of leaders here to adequately deal with it.

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April 8, 2016

OP-ED | Unfair Voting Districts and Prison Gerrymandering Weaken Democracy

by Susan Bigelow | April 8, 2016 10:00am

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You probably wouldn’t think of a prison as your home, if you happened to be locked up in one. But when the state draws legislative districts and figures out funding for towns, that’s exactly how they see it.

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