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January 16, 2018

Task Force Digs Into Connecticut’s Fiscal Woes

by Christine Stuart | January 16, 2018 1:03pm

Courtesy of the Commission on Fiscal Stability and Economic Growth
HARTFORD, CT — Connecticut’s economy is less competitive today than it was in 2001. It dropped from 8th most competitive all the way down to 43rd in 2016, according to the Beacon Hill Institute’s rankings.

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Overtime Costs Increase

by Christine Stuart | January 16, 2018 5:29am

Courtesy of the Office of Fiscal Analysis
HARTFORD, CT — The amount of money Connecticut spent on overtime between July and December 2017 increased by $13.9 million to $115.2 million.

Five state agencies that provide 24/7 services account for over 93 percent of those overtime expenditures.

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January 15, 2018

Rough First 2 Weeks For State’s New, $140M Medicaid Transportation Vendor

by Christine Stuart | January 15, 2018 5:29am

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(UPDATED Monday, 1:15 p.m.) HARTFORD, CT — Michelle Chase uses the state’s non-emergency medical transportation service to get her developmentally disabled 3-year-old to her doctor appointments. But since Jan. 1, she’s had to wait two or three hours for the state’s new transportation contractor, Veyo, to arrange her rides.

She’s not the only one.

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January 8, 2018

Hamden State Rep. Joins Group Exploring Race for Attorney General

by Christine Stuart | January 8, 2018 10:30am

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A state representative from Hamden wants to know if he should join a growing crowd of candidates vying for attorney general.

Rep. Michael D’Agostino, a civil litigator for the past 20 years and a state representative for the past five, announced this weekend that he’s exploring a run for what could be one of the most hotly contested seats in 2018.

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January 5, 2018

OP-ED | Teacher Pension Predicament Requires Enlightened Solutions

by Barth Keck | January 5, 2018 5:30am

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Each new year offers the potential for a fresh start, but progress in 2018 will be challenging in Connecticut.

At year’s end, Gov. Dannel P. Malloy and legislators were still tussling over budget issues, the state continued to lose jobs, and none of the preliminary gubernatorial candidates offered honest solutions to the state’s fiscal quagmire.

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December 21, 2017

Connecticut Loses Jobs In Four of The Last Five Months

by Christine Stuart | December 21, 2017 10:00pm

Courtesy of DataCore Partners HARTFORD, CT — Connecticut continued to lose jobs in November, according to numbers from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistic.

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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 13, 2017

Blumenthal Calls For Passage of Dream Act, But Won’t Shut Down Gov’t To Get It

by Christine Stuart | December 13, 2017 5:30am

Christine Stuart / ctnewsjunkie HARTFORD, CT — Sen. Richard Blumenthal wouldn’t say Monday whether he would vote to shut down the government if the Republican Party fails to find a path for Dreamers before Congress adjourns later this month.

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December 12, 2017

Regents Ready Community College Consolidation

by Jack Kramer | December 12, 2017 5:29am

Jack Kramer / ctnewsjunkie file photo HARTFORD, CT - A much debated - and by some criticized - plan to restructure the state’s community colleges is due for a vote by the Board of Regents this Thursday.

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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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