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April 13, 2018

Wall Street Agency Lowers Connecticut’s Bond Rating

by Christine Stuart | Apr 13, 2018 9:14pm
Posted to: The Economy | State Budget | Wall Street

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HARTFORD, CT — Hours after the state Bond Commission voted to put hundreds of millions more on the state credit card one of the four Wall Street rating agencies lowered its bond rating.

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April 12, 2018

$100M For Electric Boat?

by Christine Stuart | Apr 12, 2018 5:29am
Posted to: Business | Congress | 2nd CD | The Economy | Manufacturing Sector | Jobs | Labor | Manufacturing | Military Spending | National Security | Groton

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HARTFORD, CT — They were able to come together in 2016 to approve a $220 million economic incentive package for Lockheed Martin to keep helicopter production in Connecticut, and state Sen. Cathy Osten is hoping the legislature can do it again for Electric Boat.

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April 9, 2018

Stating The Obvious

by Christine Stuart | Apr 9, 2018 10:35pm
Posted to: Business | The Economy | Labor | State Budget

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HARTFORD, CT — In case there were any doubts labor unions really don’t like the Commission on Fiscal Stability and Economic Growth, they proved it again last week by voting against the commission’s report.

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April 5, 2018

Marijuana Legalization Bill Heads To House

by Jack Kramer | Apr 5, 2018 3:19pm
Posted to: Agriculture | Business | The Economy | Taxes

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HARTFORD, CT —A bill that would begin planning for the legalization of recreational marijuana in Connecticut was sent to the House Thursday after narrowly passing the Appropriations Committee by a 27-24 vote.

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April 2, 2018

Few Service Workers In Connecticut Have Predictable Schedules

by Christine Stuart | Apr 2, 2018 11:53am
Posted to: Business | The Economy | Retail Sector | Jobs | Labor | Poverty

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HARTFORD, CT — The legislation failed to make it through the committee process, but proponents of predictable scheduling practices aren’t giving up on the concept.

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March 30, 2018

Tie Vote Defeats Net Neutrality Bill

by Christine Stuart | Mar 30, 2018 11:30am
Posted to: Business | Consumer Protection | Corporate Watch | The Economy | Trade, Transportation, Utilities Sector | Equality

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HARTFORD, CT — Two Republicans in the Senate were able to defeat a bill, SB 2, that would have given Connecticut’s utility regulators an opportunity to prohibit internet service providers from throttling internet speeds, blocking websites, or imposing prioritized pricing.

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March 21, 2018

Homecare Contract Approved

by Christine Stuart | Mar 21, 2018 2:08pm
Posted to: The Economy | Election 2018 | Equality | Health Care | Jobs | Labor | Poverty | State Budget

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HARTFORD, CT — Legislation that increases the pay to $16.25 an hour for unionized homecare workers passed the Senate 32-0 and the House 127-16.

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After Seven Years of Silence, A Public Option Emerges

by Christine Stuart | Mar 21, 2018 11:30am
Posted to: The Economy | Health Care | Insurance | Jobs

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HARTFORD, CT — While Congress tinkers with changes to the Affordable Care Act, Connecticut is considering a public option that piggybacks off its successful Medicaid program.

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March 20, 2018

Senate Signals Bipartisan Support for Homecare Workers Contract

by Christine Stuart | Mar 20, 2018 12:33pm
Posted to: The Economy | Equality | Health Care | Jobs | Labor | State Budget | State Capitol

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HARTFORD, CT — Signaling what’s likely to be approval of a new contract, Gov. Dannel P. Malloy, Senate President Martin Looney, and Senate Republican President Len Fasano joined together Tuesday in their support of a wage increase for 8,500 homecare workers.

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March 16, 2018

DC NEWS JUNKIE | Congress Takes ‘Incremental’ Step on School Safety

by Peter Urban | Mar 16, 2018 5:29am
Posted to: Business | US Foreign Policy | International Trade | Child Welfare | Congress | DC News Junkie | The Economy | Military Spending | National Security | White House

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As thousands of high school students protested Congress’s lack of action on gun safety measures a month after the Parkland high school mass shooting, the House on Wednesday approved spending additional money for training to recognize mental health issues, threat reporting systems, and security equipment.

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