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December 14, 2017

Regents Green Light Community College Consolidation

by Christine Stuart | December 14, 2017 2:07pm

christine stuart / ctnewsjunkie HARTFORD, CT — (Updated 4 p.m.) The state Board of Regents approved a plan to combine Connecticut’s 12 community colleges into one college with 12 separate campuses in three regions Thursday while warning that the proposal was still a work in progress.

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December 12, 2017

Child Advocate Seeks To Strengthen Safety Net For Children With Disabilities

by Christine Stuart | December 12, 2017 1:18pm

ctnewsjunkie file photo HARTFORD, CT — A teenage boy with autism and intellectual disabilities who died from starvation, dehydration and child abuse was absent from school for years and known to the Department of Children and Families and the Juvenile Court System, which closed his case weeks before his death.

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December 8, 2017

West Haven, Hartford Would Qualify For Assistance

by Christine Stuart | December 8, 2017 12:38pm

Christine Stuart / ctnewsjunkie HARTFORD, CT — The newly formed Municipal Accountability Review Board, which will be in charge of helping extremely distressed municipalities like West Haven and Hartford get their finances under control, met for the first time Friday.

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Municipal Review Board To Meet

by Christine Stuart | December 8, 2017 5:30am

ctnewsjunkie HARTFORD, CT — The 11-member board created by the state budget to work with financially distressed municipalities in order to help them avoid insolvency or bankruptcy will hold its first meeting today.

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy appointed three members: Thomas S. Hamilton, finance chief for the Norwalk school system; state Labor Department Commissioner Scott D. Jackson of Hamden; and West Hartford attorney John “Jay” Nolan.

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December 5, 2017

Progressive Nonprofit Forms To Support Female Candidates Who Share Their Values

by Christine Stuart | December 5, 2017 5:30am

Christine Stuart / ctnewsjunkie HARTFORD, CT — The “shock of the 2016 election” and what they see as policy failures by the General Assembly inspired a progressive women’s advocacy group to get organized. 

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December 4, 2017

Republican Gubernatorial Candidate Floats Tax Cuts

by Christine Stuart | December 4, 2017 2:47pm

Christine Stuart / ctnewsjunkie HARTFORD, CT — An investment banker running for the Republican nomination for governor is embracing the economic policies espoused by his friend of two decades, Arthur Laffer, who rose to prominence during the Reagan administration.

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December 1, 2017

OP-ED | For Sale: Old Building Full of Ghosts

by Susan Bigelow | December 1, 2017 10:00am

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This week the state Bond Commission voted to borrow $40 million for upgrades to the XL Center, in the hopes of tricking some poor sap into buying it. Good luck with that.

The newly passed state budget authorized the cost of the upgrades and the purchase of the nearby atrium and retail space, all in an effort to make the building attractive enough to investors to sell it by 2019. I haven’t found any evidence of private investors going around buying up aging arenas, but maybe the people who came up with the budget know something I don’t. Who can say?

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November 29, 2017

Bond Commission Approves Money For XL Center, Silver Sands

by Christine Stuart | November 29, 2017 12:58pm

Christine Stuart / ctnewsjunkie HARTFORD, CT — Borrowing $40 million for improvements to the XL Center and $9.1 million for bath houses and lifeguard stands at Silver Sands State Park were two controversial items approved Wednesday by the state Bond Commission.

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November 28, 2017

Lawmakers Ponder Regulations For Healthcare Negotiations

by Christine Stuart | November 28, 2017 5:53pm

Christine Stuart / ctnewsjunkie HARTFORD, CT — Unable to pinpoint why healthcare providers and insurers couldn’t agree on how much to pay for medical care, legislators debated Tuesday whether the state needs to get involved in future negotiations between providers and insurers.

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November 20, 2017

State Bond Commission Poised To Approve Money To Remediate Blight

by Christine Stuart | November 20, 2017 1:40pm

Christine Stuart / ctnewsjunkie HARTFORD, CT — Standing outside the site of a former manufacturing company on Homestead Avenue, Gov. Dannel P. Malloy announced Monday that the state planned to dole out another $13.6 million to clean up blighted and contaminated properties known as brownfields.

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