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February 12, 2016

10 Lawmakers Push To Legalize Marijuana for Recreational Use

by Christine Stuart | February 12, 2016 2:26pm

shutterstock Ten Democratic lawmakers, including two from New Haven, are hoping their colleagues will entertain a debate this year about legalizing marijuana for recreational use.

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OP-ED | Minimum Pricing: Deliver Us From The Scourge

by Terry Cowgill | February 12, 2016 5:30am

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The headline in the Feb. 7 Danbury News-Times said it all: “Liquor shop owners wary about calls to nix minimum pricing.” No kidding. As people in the liquor industry outside our state are fond of saying, “Only in Connecticut.”

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February 10, 2016

New Coalition Will Lobby For Tax Increase, Equality

by Christine Stuart | February 10, 2016 4:28pm

Christine Stuart photo A new coalition of labor, community and civil rights groups said they don’t accept the premise of the new economic reality Gov. Dannel P. Malloy laid out in his State of the State address one week ago.

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February 9, 2016

Malloy Proposes Bill To Outsource Some DMV Services

by Christine Stuart | February 9, 2016 5:30am

As the Department of Motor Vehicles’ information technology systems undergo one of the biggest changes the department has seen in 40 years, Gov. Dannel P. Malloy wants to outsource more of the department’s work. As a result, the unions aren’t happy.

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February 5, 2016

OP-ED | Welcome to the New Austerity

by Susan Bigelow | February 5, 2016 10:00am

The legislative session kicked off under gloomy skies as Gov. Dannel P. Malloy announced his plans to balance the budget through massive spending cuts and layoffs. The stage is now set for what should be a brutal battle between the governor and state employee unions, with the legislature caught in the middle.

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OP-ED | Middle Class Jobs, American Dreams Sold Out to Highest Bidders

by Sarah Darer Littman | February 5, 2016 8:00am

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For Stamford resident Matt Olson, a career in IT was the pathway to the American dream. A New Mexico native, who experienced hard times as a kid when his mother became ill and drowned in medical expenses, he graduated with a computer science degree in 1997 and went to work for Sandia National Labs. There, he was paid to go into an accelerated Masters program. By 2001, on his first consulting project, he was making $150 an hour. As Olson observes, “Now that was a labor shortage.”

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February 1, 2016

State Wants To Delay Decision On Challenge to Hospital Tax

by Christine Stuart | February 1, 2016 11:30am

More than 60 days ago the Connecticut Hospital Association challenged the constitutionality of the hospital tax and asked two state agencies to justify it.

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January 31, 2016

OP-ED | Claims of Defensive Medicine Driving Healthcare Costs Not New

by Neil Ferstand | January 31, 2016 9:03pm

Neither are they accurate.

If you are unfamiliar with the term, a common definition of defensive medicine is the practice by a physician of ordering precautionary treatments, tests and procedures largely or entirely to avoid potential liability. The concept came into prominence when the AMA started using the term in the mid to late 1960s and it started to gain traction sometime in the 1970s. The medical industry claims the costs associated with defensive medicine significantly add to the costs of U.S. health care.

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January 29, 2016

OP-ED | Making Connecticut More Business Friendly Isn’t Hard

by Eric Gjede | January 29, 2016 2:58pm

Connecticut begins 2016 having finally regained all of the private sector jobs lost in the Great Recession of 2008.

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January 27, 2016

Shoreline Communities Give Mixed Signals About Medical Marijuana Business

by Jack Kramer | January 27, 2016 11:44am

Jack Kramer photo Within the space of a few days the state approved plans to place three new medical marijuana dispensaries in two cities while another town passed legislation that would prevent a similar facility from ever opening there.

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