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June 29, 2015

OP-ED | In Charleston, Love Overcomes Hate

by Will Hermann | Jun 29, 2015 9:27am
Posted to: Analysis | Equality | Opinion | Millennial Voices

Ten years ago, my family and I visited Charleston, South Carolina for the first time and found it to be one of the friendliest cities. It all started when we arrived at our hotel, where we received a warm welcome from the doorman, Charles. The next day, when we were out, exploring the city, we encountered a woman who gave us a palmetto rose and recommended that we visit the battery, located at the southern tip of the city, facing Fort Sumter. We followed her recommendation and got to see a spectacular view of the waterfront.

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June 22, 2015

OP-ED | Calling Out Trump’s Racism and A Traitorous Fajita In New Hampshire

by Kiernan Majerus-Collins | Jun 22, 2015 8:59am
Posted to: Election 2016 | Equality | Opinion | Millennial Voices

ELIZABETH FRANTZ / With permission from The Concord Monitor
MANCHESTER, N.H. — As you might expect, a lot of Donald Trump’s supporters are a lot like “The Donald” himself. They are loud, rude, ignorant racists — so of course I traveled three hours to New Hampshire in order to hang out with them.

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OP-ED | A Case for a Budget that Bets Our Future on Small Businesses

by Matthew Zagaja | Jun 22, 2015 4:30am
Posted to: Analysis | Business | Economic Development | The Economy | Opinion | Millennial Voices | State Budget | Taxes

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Connecticut’s Value Proposition Has to be Something More Than Being a Tax Shelter

It has been sad to read the aggressive posturing about the state budget from the business community and now from the Connecticut Conference of Municipalities. Connecticut has always been a place where we have tackled our toughest challenges together. I worry that this could be the one time that we do not manage to surmount these challenges and people are merely scrambling to preserve their own interests. We can do better.

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June 12, 2015

OP-ED | No More Spoilers? Instant Runoff Voting Makes Third Parties Viable, Improves Democracy

by Kiernan Majerus-Collins | Jun 12, 2015 12:30pm
Posted to: Analysis | Civil Liberties | Election Policy | Equality | Opinion | Millennial Voices

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Connecticut’s political system is broken. To understand why, we need to look at the way most American elections are structured.

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June 1, 2015

OP-ED | Tesla Is Good For Connecticut, Good For The Planet

by Kiernan Majerus-Collins | Jun 1, 2015 7:00am
Posted to: Analysis | Business | Economic Development | The Economy | Energy | Environment | Jobs | Opinion | Millennial Voices | Transportation

Among the many issues left for the last week of session is the fate of a bill that would allow Tesla Motors to sell cars directly to Connecticut consumers.

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April 19, 2015

OP-ED | Balancing Budget On Sin Taxes is Shortsighted, Reckless

by Will Hermann | Apr 19, 2015 8:04pm
Posted to: Business | Jobs | Opinion | Millennial Voices | State Budget | Taxes | Tribes | Enfield | Windsor

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Ever since Gov. Dannel P. Malloy punted an unfinished budget to the legislature later than the usual deadline, legislators have been searching for ways to raise revenue without explicitly raising taxes.

So far, legislators have been looking at ways to counteract declining sin tax receipts as a way to balance the budget, which include the addition of new casinos and the legalization of keno. The term sin tax refers to tax revenue from alcohol and tobacco sales (and may soon include sugary drinks) and casino revenue sharing, which totaled more than $721 million last year.

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February 19, 2015

OP-ED | In 2015, Bad Ideas Are A Bipartisan Affair

by Will Hermann | Feb 19, 2015 3:51pm
Posted to: Opinion | Millennial Voices | State Capitol

The Connecticut General Assembly is currently in a long session, which means legislators have the freedom to personally introduce bills about any subject they choose.

When it comes to bill proposals, Connecticut is unique because legislators are only required to include a statement summarizing the intent of the bill, rather than full statutory language. Bills are only drafted in full statutory form once they reach a certain point in the committee process. For these reasons, in odd-numbered years we will often see a collection of bills ranging from ridiculous to bizarre that just do not seem to make much sense.

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December 26, 2014

OP-ED | Political Courage Needed to Effectively Tackle Deficit

by Will Hermann | Dec 26, 2014 10:48am
Posted to: Labor | Opinion | Millennial Voices | State Budget | Pensions

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No matter who is governor of Connecticut, the problem of projected state budget deficits likely will never be addressed in the long term. This problem is mainly an institutional one because a governor has more to gain politically by using budget gimmicks to address short-term deficits than by making the tough decisions that are necessary to address the problem in the long term.

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