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May 22, 2017

Union Framework Released, But No Final Deal

by Christine Stuart | May 22, 2017 4:23pm

ctnewsjunkie file photo HARTFORD, CT— Gov. Dannel P. Malloy and the state labor unions are close to reaching a five-year deal that would freeze wages over the next three years, require employees to contribute more to their pension and healthcare benefits, and reduce cost-of-living increases for retirees.

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May 16, 2017

Dems Look To Marijuana, Gaming & Tolls To Fill Budget Hole; GOP Wants More Labor Savings

by Christine Stuart | May 16, 2017 4:05pm

Ctnewsjunkie file photo HARTFORD, CT — Legislative Democratic leaders put forward a budget proposal Tuesday that legalizes marijuana, expands casino gaming, creates a paid Family and Medical Leave system, and reduces funding for Connecticut’s clean election system.

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May 6, 2017

OP-ED | ‘Faith’ With No Action Is Dead; House GOP’s Morally Bankrupt Healthcare Vote

by Sarah Darer Littman | May 6, 2017 8:00am

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I say this as a person of faith myself — it’s no wonder that a lot of highly moral people look skeptically at religion these days. Why wouldn’t they?

We’ve just seen House Speaker Paul Ryan ask Republicans to “pray” for the passage of a bill that will take away health insurance from 24 million Americans (possibly more), remove strong protections for pre-existing conditions, cut Medicaid, take us back to the awful days of expensive state-run, high-risk pools, and put a per capita cap on support for Special Education students.

Oh, and surprise, there’s also a tax cut in there for the wealthiest Americans.

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May 5, 2017

House Republicans Approve Repeal And Replace Of Obamacare

by Peter Urban | May 5, 2017 5:00pm

peter urban / dc news junkie House Republicans this week narrowly approved a bill to replace the Affordable Care Act, drawing harsh criticism from Democrats who claim the alternative will jeopardize coverage for millions of Americans receiving health insurance under Obamacare.

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May 4, 2017

Union Refocuses Attention On Malloy’s Budget Proposal In Latest TV Ad

by Christine Stuart | May 4, 2017 1:28pm

HARTFORD, CT — One of the largest healthcare unions in the state is keeping the pressure on Democratic Gov. Dannel P. Malloy and urging him not to relocate a 21-bed detox and rehabilitation facility from Hartford to Middletown.

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April 18, 2017

OP-ED | Reject Cuts to Home Care Services

by Lois Cody | April 18, 2017 10:00pm

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First Lady Rosalyn Carter famously declared, “there are only four kinds of people in the world: those who have been caregivers, those who are currently caregivers, those who will be caregivers, and those who will need a caregiver.”

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April 17, 2017

Lawmaker Tells His Colleagues To Pay Attention To Federal Audit of Child Welfare Agency

by Christine Stuart | April 17, 2017 4:55pm

Ctnewsjunkie file photo HARTFORD, CT — It was largely a public hearing about the spending cap, which is why his message in support of Connecticut’s children may have gotten lost. 

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April 5, 2017

Bill Codifying Solitary Confinement Practices Advances

by Jack Kramer | April 5, 2017 5:30am

ctnewsjunkie file photo HARTFORD, CT - The Judiciary Committee passed a bill Tuesday to reduce the use of solitary confinement in Connecticut prisons.

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April 3, 2017

Connecticut Senators Aim To Help Veterans With Mental Health Challenges Get Services

by Jack Kramer | April 3, 2017 3:30pm

Jack Kramer / ctnewsjunkie NEW HAVEN, CT — Recent investigations show that the Department of Defense has issued thousands of other-than-honorable (OTH) discharges to veterans, including hundreds in Connecticut, with mental health and behavioral health diagnoses.

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March 24, 2017

Republicans Fall Short of Votes to Pass Health Plan in Blow to Trump Administration

by Dustin Volz and David Lawder, Reuters | March 24, 2017 3:25pm

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WASHINGTON (Reuters) — Republicans in Congress lacked the votes needed for passage of their U.S. healthcare system overhaul and a key committee chairman came out in opposition after Donald Trump demanded a vote on Friday in a gamble that could hobble his presidency. As a result, shortly before 4 p.m. Friday, House Speaker Paul Ryan pulled the Republican replacement plan from the House floor.

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