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February 16, 2017

Democratic Lawmakers, Advocates Seek Minimum Wage Hike

by Christine Stuart | February 16, 2017 3:42pm

ctnewsjunkie HARTFORD, CT—He wouldn’t handicap the chances of the General Assembly approving an increase in the minimum wage this year, but Senate President Martin Looney, D-New Haven, said he wouldn’t give up the fight because “it’s the right thing to do.”

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Paid FMLA Is Top Priority For Senate Democrats

by Christine Stuart | February 16, 2017 11:30am

ctnewsjunkie HARTFORD, CT—It’s the number one priority of Democratic leadership in the state Senate this year, which gives lawmakers and advocates who support it hope.

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February 12, 2017

OP-ED | Tesla Needs to Come Clean With Consumers About ‘Full Self-Driving’

by Jim Fleming | February 12, 2017 10:00pm

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The fusion of technology and innovation in our automobiles have given consumers options and features beyond their wildest dreams. However, with such innovation, there can be great risks to the safety and protection of consumers. When marketing these features, auto manufacturers must be careful to ensure they are not deceptively placing profits over the protection of their consumers.

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February 4, 2017

As Drought Continues, Environment Committee Hears Concerns About Water Bottling Plant in Bloomfield

by Dana Whalen | February 4, 2017 9:31am

CT-N screengrab HARTFORD, CT — With the bottled water industry attempting to expand as parts of the state face drought conditions, legislators heard testimony Friday from people concerned about the water supply and from others in the water industry.

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January 31, 2017

Home Medical Providers Get 60-Day Delay For New System

by Christine Stuart | January 31, 2017 3:05pm

shutterstock HARTFORD, CT—The 11th hour plea that home medical providers made to the Department of Social Services, and chairs of the Human Services and Appropriations Committee to delay the implementation of a new telephonic and computer-based in-home scheduling, tracking, and billing system was heard.

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Is Aetna Considering Relocating?

by Jack Kramer and Christine Stuart | January 31, 2017 12:01pm

shutterstock HARTFORD, CT — If Aetna is considering a move to Boston, as is being reported by the Hartford Courant, the company is being tight-lipped about it.

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January 27, 2017

OP-ED | Stop Normalizing Sexual Assault

by Sarah Darer Littman | January 27, 2017 8:00am

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“Boys will be boys.”
“Locker room talk.”
“His life will be ruined.”
“But I know him, he’s such a nice guy.”

We’ve all heard such excuses for sexual harassment and assault. Here’s a new one I’ve been hearing in recent days: “But he’s made so many contributions to the town.”

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OP-ED | Is Connecticut’s Bottle Law Beyond ‘Redemption?’

by Terry Cowgill | January 27, 2017 5:30am

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When a government program is broken, most good people in government want to fix it. But what if fixing the program means that the same perennially cash-strapped government will lose money?

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Lawmakers Push For $15 An Hour Minimum Wage, While Fast Food Workers Hit The Street

by Kristi Allen | January 27, 2017 5:30am

Kristi Allen / ctnewsjunkie HARTFORD, CT — Fast food employees rallied in Hartford against President Donald Trump’s nominee for labor secretary, while lawmakers met at the state Capitol to push for a $15 minimum wage in the new legislative session.

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January 26, 2017

Access Health Will Require Carriers To Pay Broker Commissions

by Christine Stuart | January 26, 2017 11:21am

Christine Stuart photo HARTFORD, CT — Access Health CT was the only insurance exchange in the country that didn’t require insurance carriers to pay broker commissions for the 2017 enrollment period and it may have had an impact.

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