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April 26, 2018

DC NEWS JUNKIE | Murphy Backs Opioid Bill

by Peter Urban | Apr 26, 2018 5:30am
Posted to: Congress | DC News Junkie | Health Care | Mental Health Care | Public Health | Public Safety

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WASHINGTON — U.S. Senator Chris Murphy on Tuesday joined other members of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee in support of sweeping legislation aimed at addressing the nation’s opioid epidemic.

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OP-ED | The Little Government That Couldn’t

by Susan Bigelow | Apr 26, 2018 5:30am
Posted to: Analysis | Opinion

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State government has a bad reputation as being bloated, lazy, inefficient, and incompetent. The past week has done nothing to help dispel that notion.

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House Sends Health Benefits Bill To Senate

by Christine Stuart | Apr 26, 2018 12:42am
Posted to: Health Care | Mental Health Care | Insurance

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HARTFORD, CT—The House passed a bill Thursday morning that ensures 10 “essential health benefits” will continued to be covered in Connecticut even if Congress repeals the Affordable Care Act.

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April 25, 2018

Financial Aid For Dreamers Close to Reality

by Jack Kramer and Christine Stuart | Apr 25, 2018 8:36pm
Posted to: Education

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HARTFORD, CT —A bill giving undocumented students access to financial aid is headed to Gov. Dannel P. Malloy’s desk.

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Toll Vote Expected Next Week

by Christine Stuart | Apr 25, 2018 7:10pm

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HARTFORD, CT — Tolls, tolls, tolls.

House Speaker Joe Aresimowicz, D-Berlin, is promising a vote on establishing electronic tolls as early as next week, but he acknowledged that he won’t be able to rely on any Republican votes in an election year.

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Progressives Form A Caucus, Get Ready To Challenge Opposing Views

by Jack Kramer | Apr 25, 2018 2:24pm

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HARTFORD, CT—Thirty-one House Democrats formed a caucus Wednesday and announced their intention to push a progressive agenda for social, economic, educational and criminal justice for all.

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Three Towns Call for Funding

by Christine Stuart | Apr 25, 2018 1:52pm

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HARTFORD, CT — Elected officials and residents from three communities— Bridgeport, Hamden, and Torrington—gathered Wednesday at the state Capitol to call on lawmakers to fund the rest of their 2018 supplemental car tax payments.

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Election Roundup: Petit Not Running for Congress

by Christine Stuart | Apr 25, 2018 12:15pm
Posted to: Election 2018

HARTFORD, CT — Rep. William Petit Jr. won’t be running for Congress in the 5th Congressional District. Instead, the first term state representative from Plainville will be seeking another term to his current House seat.

Petit was being courted by the National Republican Congressional Committee to run for U.S. Rep. Elizabeth Esty’s seat. Esty announced she wouldn’t seek re-election after news of how she handled the firing of her chief of staff. 

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Budget Talks Set To Begin With 2 Weeks To Go

by Christine Stuart | Apr 25, 2018 5:30am
Posted to: Election 2018 | State Budget | Taxes | State Capitol

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HARTFORD, CT — Democrats may have muscled a spending plan through the Appropriations Committee last week, but House Speaker Joe Aresimowicz said he’s not going to fight over which document they should use to start budget negotiations.

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April 24, 2018

Accrediting Agency Rejects Plans To Merge State’s Community College System

by Jack Kramer | Apr 24, 2018 10:30pm
Posted to: The Economy | Education | State Budget

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HARTFORD, CT — A controversial plan to merge the state’s community college system into one accredited body has been resoundingly rejected by the New England Association of Schools and College’s Higher Education Commission (NEASC).

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