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November 22, 2016

Washington Post Party Causes Connecticut Casino Tensions to Flare

by Christine Stuart | November 22, 2016 12:00pm

CTNewsJunkie file photo A Connecticut state Senator didn’t pull any punches in a Nov. 18 letter to a top executive at MGM Resorts International criticizing the company for an election night party it sponsored at the Washington Post.

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November 16, 2016

Bond Commission Bids Farewell To Rep. ‘Betty’ Boukus

by Christine Stuart | November 16, 2016 12:48am

Christine Stuart photo One of her colleagues told the state Bond Commission Tuesday that he’s never known anyone like Rep. Elizabeth ‘Betty’ Boukus, who could make a “no” sound like a “yes.”

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November 2, 2016

CCM: Connecticut Continues To Rely Too Heavily On Property Tax To Fund Education

by Jack Kramer | November 2, 2016 10:24am

CCM NEW HAVEN, CT — A new Connecticut Conference of Municipalities report shows the state is more reliant than ever on property taxes to fund public education.

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September 12, 2016

Municipal Lobby Presses Property Tax Reform

by Christine Stuart | September 12, 2016 12:36pm

Courtesy of CCM based on information from the Tax Foundation (Updated 8 p.m.) No blue ribbon commissions or task forces have been able to inspire state lawmakers to change Connecticut’s tax system, but it doesn’t mean Connecticut’s largest municipal lobby won’t keep trying.

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September 8, 2016

Documents Contradicting Statements About Future Rail Route Emerge Then Disappear

by Jack Kramer | September 8, 2016 4:29am


Two groups opposed to a new high-speed Amtrak rail line through an historic section of Old Lyme are claiming that records they obtained show that recent public hearings are a charade and that approval for the project is a done deal despite opposition.

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August 29, 2016

Municipal Lobby Will Develop Its Own Legislative Package

by Christine Stuart | August 29, 2016 12:21pm

State Tax Panel report Hoping to avoid cuts in municipal aid that could lead to an increase in local property taxes during the 2017 legislative session, Connecticut’s largest municipal lobby is working to develop its own package of legislative initiatives.

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August 10, 2016

Election Regulators Experience Backlog As Funding Disappears

by Christine Stuart | August 10, 2016 3:17pm

New Haven Register file photo (Updated 7:51 p.m.) When Tom Banisch filed an election complaint against Sen. Ted Kennedy Jr.’s campaign on Oct. 27, 2014, Banisch, then the Madison RTC chairman, expected that the matter would be settled before the 2016 election.

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July 21, 2016

Legislative Committee Mulls Future of Hartford’s Brainard Airport

by Jack Kramer | July 21, 2016 9:58am

Doug Hardy / CTNewsJunkie A public hearing Wednesday on whether it’s a good idea for Hartford’s Brainard Airport to remain open turned into a heated debate as to what benefit the city of Hartford and its residents receive from its continued operation.

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July 8, 2016

OP-ED | Sleepy Summer Primaries in Connecticut Test Voter Resolve

by Susan Bigelow | July 8, 2016 9:00am

I bet you didn’t know primary season is sneaking up on us. Sure, we had a presidential primary season back in April, but that had passionate public interest, media attention, and huge turnout. The upcoming primaries, scheduled for the hot and drowsy depths of August, will be the opposite of that.

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OP-ED | Will Black Rock Pull A Blexit? Don’t Bet On It

by Terry Cowgill | July 8, 2016 4:30am

Photo provided by Lennie Grimaldi / Only In Bridgeport
For observers of government like yours truly, there are few things in life more amusing than one government entity trying to divorce itself from its parent. And no, I’m not talking about last week’s Brexit vote, which, since it has such profound consequences for a large swath of the world, is hardly amusing.

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