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September 12, 2016

Municipal Lobby Presses Property Tax Reform

by Christine Stuart | September 12, 2016 1:36pm

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 5:29am

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 1:21pm

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 4:17pm

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 10:58am

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 10:00am

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 5:30am

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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May 27, 2016

Medical Examiner to Towns: Any ‘Unclaimed’ Body Is Your Responsibility

by Christine Stuart | May 27, 2016 5:30am Two weeks ago, Chief Medical Examiner Dr. James Gill warned that his office could lose accreditation due to budget cuts and an increase in overdose deaths. On Thursday, Gill sent a letter to municipalities to tell them that any “unclaimed” dead person will now be their responsibility.

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May 15, 2016

Sharkey Won’t Seek Re-election

by Christine Stuart | May 15, 2016 8:43pm

Christine Stuart file photo Speaker Brendan Sharkey will not seek re-election to the House next year, making him the 22nd lawmaker and the most powerful to opt out of seeking another term in 2016.

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May 13, 2016

Prison Gerrymandering Bill Falls Flat

by Jack Kramer | May 13, 2016 11:14am

Christine Stuart file photo Despite a ruling from a federal court in Florida calling the practice unconstitutional, Connecticut’s General Assembly failed to pass a bill last month to end prison gerrymandering in the Nutmeg State.

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