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May 22, 2015

OP-ED | Respect, Protect Constitutional Spending Cap

by Brian Flaherty | May 22, 2015 2:51pm

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Connecticut’s modern constitution and I both turn 50 this year. In all, it has been a pretty good run. And while I certainly can’t claim as storied a lineage as our founding document — which dates to the Fundamental Orders in 1638 — we’ve struck up a relationship over the years.

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OP-ED | Promises, Promises? Taxes, Pension Debt, the Deficit, and the Spending Cap

by Suzanne Bates | May 22, 2015 9:03am


While the battle about next year’s budget continues at the Capitol, there was a reminder this week that this year’s budget is still unresolved because of a lingering $165 million deficit.

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Sharkey Modifies Property Tax Proposal & House Approves

by Christine Stuart | May 22, 2015 1:15am

CTNJ file photo After getting pushback from some members of his caucus, House Speaker Brendan Sharkey toned down a bill that would allow municipalities to tax certain medical facilities and student housing.

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May 21, 2015

House Lawmakers Give Tesla the Green Light; Bill Heads to Senate

by Elizabeth Regan | May 21, 2015 5:13pm

A bill designed with Tesla Motors in mind made it through the House on Thursday, paving the way for the Senate to decide if the company should be allowed to bypass auto dealers and sell its electric cars directly to Connecticut consumers.

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May 20, 2015

Senate Forwards Watered-Down Casino Bill To House

by Christine Stuart | May 20, 2015 11:35pm

Christine Stuart photo A majority of Senators felt that the benefits of allowing Connecticut’s two federally recognized tribes to open up one casino north of Hartford would outweigh the risks recently outlined by Attorney General George Jepsen’s office.

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Senate Approves Variable Rate Ban to Protect Residential Electric Consumers

by Elizabeth Regan | May 20, 2015 7:15pm

Elizabeth Regan It is now up to the House to decide if Connecticut will become the first state in the country to ban variable-rate electricity contracts.

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OP-ED | Show Me The (Charter Management Fee) Money!

by Robert Cotto Jr. | May 20, 2015 7:59am

When traditional schools pay their bills to educate kids, they usually don’t have much money, if any, remaining. When charter schools pay their bills, they often have money left over to spend. How much? It depends on the school. For a number of charter schools, roughly 10 percent of all of public dollars meant for educating children in these schools go to pay fees for private companies called “charter management organizations.” That’s a problem.

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May 19, 2015

Lawmakers Remain Hopeful There’s Time To Pass Paid Family Leave

by Cara Rosner | May 19, 2015 12:00pm

Christine Stuart file photo (Updated 1:45 p.m.) With the state budget and other priorities taking precedence, some at the Capitol doubted there was enough time to institute paid family leave, but a group of lawmakers remain hopeful.

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DC NEWS JUNKIE | Bill Would Close ‘Gun Show Loophole’

by Jordan Fenster | May 19, 2015 5:30am

Members of Connecticut’s congressional delegation appear to have taken up legislation to stem the tide of gun violence as a group cause. That’s not to say that other issues have not been taken up by our representatives in Washington — Rep. Rosa DeLauro, D-3rd District, for example, has been a powerful advocate for food safety, among other causes — but when it comes to gun violence, there appears to be almost coordinated effort.

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May 18, 2015

OP-ED | Enact a State Budget That Protects Property Taxpayers

by Joe DeLong | May 18, 2015 6:45pm

While other factors have significance, quality of life issues are the most important factors residents and businesses weigh when determining whether to relocate to or remain in a state.

Factors such as quality schools, an educated workforce, safe neighborhoods, reasonable property taxes, and safe and reliable roads and bridges top the list of residents’ and employers’ “must haves.” In addition, all residents believe that laying the foundation for a world-class education, police and fire services, and safe roads are core government services. No government service is placed above them. These are the services towns and cities provide — which is why the state budget and aid to towns and cities is so critical for the future of our state.

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