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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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OP-ED | FOI Norwalk Style and No Violins For Shankar

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

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Of all the issues that arise in national, state and municipal government, few of them raise my hackles like public officials who try to block access to information that should be available to the public.

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Governor Proposes Legislation To Change Handicapped Parking Symbol

by Christine Stuart | February 5, 2016 5:29am

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy is on board with changing the handicapped parking symbol on signs throughout the state.

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February 4, 2016

OP-ED | Lawyers Need To Talk To Their Doctors

by Matthew C. Katz | February 4, 2016 3:49pm

It was hard to know whether to laugh or cry at the recent op-ed from Neil Ferstand, executive director of the Connecticut Trial Lawyers Association.

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Nonprofit Community Warns of Cuts To Safety Net

by Rowan Kane | February 4, 2016 3:30pm

Rowan Kane photo The private nonprofit community that takes care of Connecticut’s neediest and disabled residents said Gov. Dannel P. Malloy’s budget includes the “most devastating cuts we’ve ever seen.”

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Schaghticoke Chief Says They Will Continue Casino Pursuit

by Christine Stuart | February 4, 2016 3:06pm

Schaghitcoke Tribal Nation Chief Richard Velky is troubled by media reports regarding Secretary of the State Denise Merrill’s rejection of the tribe’s new business registration.

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Democratic Party Settles On New Name For Fundraiser

by Christine Stuart | February 4, 2016 1:41pm

CTNJ file photo Distancing itself from two former slave-owning presidents — Thomas Jefferson and Andrew Jackson — for whom the dinner was named, the Connecticut Democratic Party announced the new name of its annual fundraising dinner on Thursday.

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Malloy Tries A Second Time To Limit Access To Firearms For Subjects of Temporary Restraining Orders

by Christine Stuart | February 4, 2016 5:30am

Christine Stuart photo Gov. Dannel P. Malloy will try again this year to get firearms away from those accused of domestic violence offenses.

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February 3, 2016

Message of Change Embraced By Some, Panned By Others

by Christine Stuart | February 3, 2016 3:44pm

Christine Stuart photo The economy has changed and Connecticut has to change, too. That was the message Gov. Dannel P. Malloy emphasized in his state of the state address Wednesday.

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