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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 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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Solitary Confinement Cell Makes Its Way To The State Capitol

by Christine Stuart | February 22, 2017 5:30am

Christine Stuart / ctnewsjunkie He was just one of many Tuesday left by themselves under a fluorescent light in a small cell with a bunk, but unlike the estimated 80,000 inmates nationwide in solitary confinement, Sen. Gary Winfield, D-New Haven, was able to leave after two hours.

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February 21, 2017

One of Two Minimum Wage Bills Squeaks Through Committee

by Christine Stuart | February 21, 2017 4:36pm

Christine Stuart / ctnewsjunkie A Senate bill to increase the minimum wage to $15 an hour by 2022 failed on a split vote, but the House bill passed the Labor and Public Employees Committee by a slim one vote margin after an hour of debate.

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Murphy: Muslim Ban, Trump’s Coziness With Russia Discussed At Length During Security Conference

by Jack Kramer | February 21, 2017 3:11pm

Jack Kramer / ctnewsjunkie HARTFORD, CT — U.S. Sen. Chris Murphy, just back from an annual security conference in Munich, said “it is hard to over-hype how badly America’s image and influence has been damaged” since President Donald Trump took office.

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Connecticut Officials Say Congressional Action Jeopardizes Retirement Savings Law

by Cara Rosner | February 21, 2017 12:19pm

Christine Stuart / ctnewsjunkie State officials are worried that a retirement savings plan created last year by the General Assembly — intended to help the roughly 600,000 residents who lack such a plan — will be in jeopardy if Congressional Republicans get their way.

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Lembo Again Seeks The Legislature’s Help in Monitoring Economic Incentives

by Christine Stuart | February 21, 2017 5:30am

ctnewsjunkie file photo He was able to convince the legislature, but State Comptroller Kevin Lembo was unable to convince Democratic Gov. Dannel P. Malloy last year to sign a bill that would allow for the examination of certain business tax credits and economic incentives.

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February 20, 2017

Labor Unions Unite Against Anti-Collective Bargaining Bill

by Christine Stuart | February 20, 2017 3:30pm

ctnewsjunkie file photo Under attack for decades of bad decisions regarding their pensions, Connecticut’s labor unions are uniting to fight back against a bill that would exempt retirement benefits from collective bargaining.

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Labor Committee To Vote On Minimum Wage Hike Tuesday

by Christine Stuart | February 20, 2017 12:37pm

ctnewsjunkie photo The first test of how far Democrats will be able to push their agenda may come as early as Tuesday when the Labor and Public Employees Committee votes on two bills that would phase in an increase to the minimum wage to $15 an hour.

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Lack of Trust Between Hospitals & Administration Continues

by Christine Stuart | February 20, 2017 12:20pm

Courtesy of CT-N The Connecticut Hospital Association says it doesn’t believe the governor’s proposal to change how hospitals are funded will result in more money for hospitals, even though Gov. Dannel P. Malloy’s administration has included more money for hospitals in its budget.

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