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May 10, 2017

Fracking Ban, Hate Crime Penalties Pass House

by Christine Stuart | May 10, 2017 4:30am
Posted to: Energy | Environment | Local Politics

Christine Stuart / ctnewsjunkie HARTFORD, CT — It took about two hours Tuesday for the House to debate a ban on fracking waste and less than 15 minutes for members to approve a bill to increase the penalties for hate crimes.

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April 25, 2017

Sales Tax Proposal Pits Municipalities Against Nonprofits

by Jack Kramer | Apr 25, 2017 1:16pm
Posted to: Town News | Local Politics | Nonprofits | State Budget | Taxes | State Capitol

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 | Mar 8, 2017 5:59pm
Posted to: Town News | Local Politics | State Budget | Education Cost Sharing | Taxes

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 | Mar 6, 2017 2:04pm
Posted to: Town News | Local Politics | State Budget | Taxes | State Capitol

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 | Feb 17, 2017 5:30am
Posted to: Analysis | Elections - Special Elections | Local Politics | Opinion | State Budget | Bloomfield | Hartford | Windsor

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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 | Feb 17, 2017 5:29am
Posted to: Town News | Health Care | Mental Health Care | Insurance | Local Politics | Public Safety

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 | Jan 27, 2017 8:00am
Posted to: Business | Equality | Local Politics | Opinion | Greenwich

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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 | Jan 24, 2017 5:30am
Posted to: Consumer Protection | Courts | The Economy | Environment | Insurance | Housing | Local Politics

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 | Jan 19, 2017 4:23pm
Posted to: Town News | Waterbury | Waterford | Jobs | Local Politics | State Capitol | Transparency

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 | Jan 6, 2017 3:40pm
Posted to: The Economy | Town News | Housing | Jobs | Labor | Local Politics

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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