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April 23, 2018

Judicial Nominations Cause Concern For Budgetary Reasons

by Christine Stuart | Apr 23, 2018 11:00am
Posted to: Courts | Labor | Legal | State Budget

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HARTFORD, CT — The Judiciary Committee is expected to hear hours of testimony Monday on a Supreme Court chief justice nominee, a Supreme Court nominee, an Appellate Court nominee, and 30 Superior Court nominees.

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Deaths Continue To Increase, While Opioid Prescriptions Decrease

by Jack Kramer | Apr 23, 2018 5:30am
Posted to: Health Care | Insurance

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HARTFORD, CT — While the rate of drug overdose deaths in Connecticut keeps climbing, a new report shows the state has one of the most significant reductions in opioid prescribing — 27.3 percent over the last four years — and saw an 11 percent reduction between 2016 to 2017. 

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April 22, 2018

Clean Elections, Gambling Split Democratic Candidates

by Paul Bass | Apr 22, 2018 10:17pm
Posted to: Election 2018 | New Haven

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Susan Bysiewicz could have worded the pivotal question of a gubernatorial debate in New Haven Sunday this way: “What makes you think you should be the hero of progressive Democrats when you’re pouring your own millions into the race instead of running clean?”

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Labor Favorite Exits Race for Attorney General

by Christine Stuart | Apr 22, 2018 10:02pm
Posted to: Election 2018

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HARTFORD, CT —  The support of organized labor wasn’t enough to convince Hamden Rep. Michael D’Agostino to stay in the race for the Democratic nomination for attorney general.

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April 20, 2018

Dems Muscle Through Their Spending Plan

by Christine Stuart | Apr 20, 2018 8:48pm
Posted to: State Budget | Taxes | State Capitol

HARTFORD, CT — Democratic lawmakers used their slim majority to push forward a plan to increase spending by $216.7 million Friday, while a Republican proposal died 27-25 in the Appropriations Committee.

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Dems Would Increase Spending, Republicans Seek Decrease

by Christine Stuart | Apr 20, 2018 2:18pm

HARTFORD, CT — Democrats are proposing a budget that increasing spending $216.7 million over the amount adopted as part of the bipartisan budget, while Republicans are seeking to reduce it by $27.3 million.

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DC NEWS JUNKIE | Murphy Promotes ‘Medicare For Everyone’

by Peter Urban | Apr 20, 2018 5:35am
Posted to: Congress | DC News Junkie | Health Care | Insurance | Public Health

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Call it Medicare Part E. That’s what Connecticut Senator Chris Murphy and Oregon Senator Jeff Merkley have cooked up as the next big idea for health reform.

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OP-ED | Property Tax Armageddon Comes for Connecticut

by Susan Bigelow | Apr 20, 2018 5:30am
Posted to: Analysis | Congress | Consumer Protection | Town News | Housing | Opinion | Taxes | White House | Real Estate

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Rejoice, it’s tax week! Unfortunately if you live in Connecticut or another state that’s heavily dependent on property taxes you might find yourself socked with a much, much larger bill next year — or even this year. Just another benefit of living here in the Happiest Place on Earth.

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OP-ED | Peering Through The Noise: Gun Rights Come With Limits

by Terry Cowgill | Apr 20, 2018 5:30am
Posted to: Analysis | Civil Liberties | Congress | Opinion | Public Health | Public Safety

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As a journalist, I’ve covered a lot or rallies and protests over the course of my 25-year career. Indeed I covered one on Saturday in the Berkshires. There’s lots of noise and colorful signs. Sometimes there’s over-the-top rhetoric. Typically, there is a call to action for a policy change or an expansion of rights.

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Republicans, Democrats Get Ready To Argue Over April Income Tax Receipts

by Christine Stuart | Apr 20, 2018 5:30am
Posted to: State Budget | Education Cost Sharing | Pensions | Taxes | State Capitol

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HARTFORD, CT — The bean counters at the state Capitol are telling lawmakers that income tax revenues are coming in 46 percent better than initially projected, but it’s unlikely the two parties will agree on exactly what to do with it.

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