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April 25, 2017

Sales Tax Proposal Pits Municipalities Against Nonprofits

by Jack Kramer | April 25, 2017 2:16pm

Jack Kramer / ctnewsjunkie HARTFORD, CT — The state’s largest organization of local leaders came out in support of a plan Wednesday to raise the state’s sales tax rate from 6.35 percent to 6.99 percent as long as the increased hundreds of millions generated would be sent back to the municipalities.

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March 8, 2017

Senate Democrats Unable To Get Municipal Relief Vote Over Finish Line

by Jack Kramer | March 8, 2017 6:59pm

Christine Stuart / ctnewsjunkie HARTFORD, CT - Senate Democratic lawmakers Wednesday failed to get their Republican colleagues to go along with legislation that would have allowed municipalities more time to put their budgets together.

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March 6, 2017

Malloy, Democratic Leaders Look To Push Back Municipal Budget Deadlines

by Christine Stuart | March 6, 2017 3:04pm

Ctnewsjunkie file photo HARTFORD, CT—Gov. Dannel P. Malloy and Democratic legislative leaders told the head of the largest municipal lobby Monday that they want to see if they can help cities and towns delay their budget process and avoid possibly overtaxing or undertaxing their residents.

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February 17, 2017

OP-ED | The Little Special Election That Could? Windsor Republican May Tip Senate to GOP

by Terry Cowgill | February 17, 2017 6:30am

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As the nation weighs the seismic impact of life under a Trump administration whose wheels seem to be coming off, we could soon witness earth-moving changes in Connecticut’s political landscape as well.

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Lawmakers Renew Debate Over Workers’ Comp Coverage For PTSD

by Jack Kramer | February 17, 2017 6:29am

Courtesy of CTN HARTFORD, CT — Municipal officials told legislators Thursday that towns cannot afford the cost of legislation that would mandate workers’ compensation coverage for cops, firefighters and emergency medical technicians who suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder as a result of witnessing a death.

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January 27, 2017

OP-ED | Stop Normalizing Sexual Assault

by Sarah Darer Littman | January 27, 2017 9:00am

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“Boys will be boys.”
“Locker room talk.”
“His life will be ruined.”
“But I know him, he’s such a nice guy.”

We’ve all heard such excuses for sexual harassment and assault. Here’s a new one I’ve been hearing in recent days: “But he’s made so many contributions to the town.”

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January 24, 2017

Malloy Seeks Borrowing To Help Homeowners With Crumbling Foundations

by Jack Kramer | January 24, 2017 6:30am

Christine Stuart / ctnewsjunkie HARTFORD, CT — The governor will be asking for $5 million in state funding to assist homeowners in 24 towns in northeastern Connecticut whose homes may be crumbling because of a mineral that causes foundations to deteriorate.

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January 19, 2017

Committee Forwards Kane’s Nomination To General Assembly

by Christine Stuart | January 19, 2017 5:23pm

Christine Stuart photo Former Republican Sen. Rob Kane, who was nominated to fill the a $146,000-a-year job as a state auditor by Republican legislative leaders, said he doesn’t believe a misunderstanding over his child support payments should impact his ability to scrutinize state spending.

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January 6, 2017

Diverse Stakeholders Offer Solutions

by Jack Kramer | January 6, 2017 4:40pm

Courtesy of CCM Budgeting that encourages economic innovation, expanding the role of regional councils of governments and alliances, more regional transportation and tax reforms are just a few of the recommendations being proposed by a self-proclaimed economic summit team.

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January 5, 2017

OP-ED | The State of the State: Get Ready for Another Brutal Year

by Susan Bigelow | January 5, 2017 6:30pm

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Well, we knew it wasn’t going to be a sunny, positive, or inspirational speech. The only thing to recommend Gov. Dannel P. Malloy’s seventh State of the State address is that his budget speech, to be delivered next month, will be a lot worse.

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