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March 25, 2015

OP-ED | It is Time to Place the Public Good Ahead of the Privileged Few

by Timothy Herbst | March 25, 2015 3:00pm

Connecticut residents have weathered their fair share of corruption in government, and as a result hold a certain amount of healthy skepticism for those who hold public office. This is why I am deeply troubled by efforts being undertaken by some elected officials in Bridgeport and Hartford to obfuscate legislation that would prevent a privileged few from financially benefiting from their elected office.

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March 12, 2015

Senate Republicans Pitch Urban Agenda; Embrace Parts of Malloy Budget

by Christine Stuart | March 12, 2015 5:24pm

Christine Stuart photo Senate Republicans, who hail from mostly suburban and rural communities, said they have a plan to foster economic growth and development in Connecticut’s urban areas.

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OP-ED | Hike The Minimum Wage For Servers? Wrong Discussion

by Terry Cowgill | March 12, 2015 4:10pm

Beyond establishing a floor below which no one should be allowed to sink, should the state involve itself in setting wages for certain types of workers? That is the real question that should be asked as the General Assembly’s Labor Committee hears testimony about increasing the minimum wage for tipped workers.

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Looney, Fasano Want More Transparency in Hospital Costs, Cap on Facility Fees

by Mary E. O'Leary | March 12, 2015 11:30am

Courtesy of the Senate Democrats As the legislature looks to rein in medical expenses, state Senate leaders blamed hospital consolidations and the purchase of physician practices for ballooning costs and an increasing threat to physicians who may want to remain independent.

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March 10, 2015

Senate, House Focus On Student Loan Debt

by Christine Stuart | March 10, 2015 4:00pm

Christine Stuart photo The same day President Barack Obama signed a memorandum directing federal agencies to do more to help student loan borrowers, the legislature’s Banking Committee passed legislation increasing regulation of lenders.

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Doubling Down: Legislature Mulls Three New Casinos

by Jordan Fenster | March 10, 2015 1:08pm

Christine Stuart photo Connecticut will roll the dice on a proposal to allow three more casino gaming facilities, with the first slated to be built at an as-yet unspecified spot along the Interstate 91 corridor.

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Lawmakers May Embrace Expansion of Gambling

by Christine Stuart | March 10, 2015 5:30am

Shutterstock For the past few years lawmakers have been reluctant to expand gambling in the state, but the chairman of a key committee said he will sign off on legislation that is expected to allow gambling outside the two tribal casinos.

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March 8, 2015

OP-ED | There’s a Better Way To Change Workplace Policies

by Eric Gjede | March 8, 2015 8:34pm

Every year, various groups show up at the state Capitol with ideas to change the rules in Connecticut workplaces. In a bygone age when local businesses were only competing against each other, many of these changes had an even-handed effect. 

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March 6, 2015

OP-ED | Construction Workers Deserve a Middle-Class Wage

by Lori Pelletier | March 6, 2015 1:14am

Every year, those seeking to lower wages make the claim that construction workers’ wages are the single largest contributing factor to construction costs; and, every year, advocates for labor and workers expend a tremendous amount of effort debunking this myth.

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March 5, 2015

Coalition Seeks Paid Family And Medical Leave

by Christine Stuart | March 5, 2015 5:41pm

Christine Stuart photo Connecticut was one of the first states to pass a Family and Medical Leave Act in the 1990s, and a coalition is hoping it maintains its edge by passing a bill to ensure that it’s paid leave.

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