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February 20, 2017

OP-ED | Keep Your Eyes on the CEO, Not the Public Employee

by Sal Luciano | February 20, 2017 10:00pm

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Back in the heyday of the Tea Party, the “12 cookies” joke made the rounds. It went like this:

A CEO, a Tea Party member and public employee sit at a table, with 12 cookies on a plate. The CEO grabs 11 cookies and tells the Tea Party member, “You better watch him. He wants your cookie.”

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February 24, 2017

Committee Hears from Car Wash Owners About Bill to Repeal Sales Tax on Their Industry

by Jack Kramer | February 24, 2017 3:52pm

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HARTFORD, CT — Car wash owners at a public hearing Friday asked that the sales tax on their work be repealed, stating that their businesses are one of the first things people go without during tough financial times.

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February 22, 2017

Report Finds Immigrants Are A Powerful Economic Force In Connecticut

by Jack Kramer | February 22, 2017 11:30am

Courtesy of the New American Economy HARTFORD, CT – A new report shows that immigrant-lead households in Connecticut earned $18.9 billion in 2014 – 13.9 percent of all income earned by everyone in the state that year.

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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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February 3, 2017

OP-ED | Gambling It All Away

by Susan Bigelow | February 3, 2017 10:00am

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These days, I feel like going to a casino and blowing my paycheck on a greasy slot machine. I want to be at a blackjack table surrounded by bitter high school teachers with voices like sandpaper and comp tickets to Dawson’s Creek on Ice. My luck’s gotta turn at some point, right?

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Lagging Economic Indicator Shows GDP Growth In Connecticut

by Christine Stuart | February 3, 2017 5:30am

Courtesy of the BEA The U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis said Connecticut’s economy grew at a 3.6 percent annual rate in the third quarter last year or $261 billion.

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January 31, 2017

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

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

Three Shoreline Lawmakers Express Reservations About Legalizing Marijuana

by Jack Kramer | January 26, 2017 5:30am

Jack Kramer / ctnewsjunkie GUILFORD - One of the highly anticipated dialogues of the 2017 legislative session is a conversation about whether Connecticut will join the growing list of states to legalize recreational marijuana.

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January 24, 2017

Malloy Seeks Borrowing To Help Homeowners With Crumbling Foundations

by Jack Kramer | January 24, 2017 5:30am

Christine Stuart / ctnewsjunkie HARTFORD, CT — The governor will be asking for $5 million in state funding to assist homeowners in 24 towns in northeastern Connecticut whose homes may be crumbling because of a mineral that causes foundations to deteriorate.

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