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April 25, 2017

Sales Tax Proposal Pits Municipalities Against Nonprofits

by Jack Kramer | April 25, 2017 2:16pm

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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April 6, 2017

Environmentalists Advocate For Constitutional Amendment, Increased Funding

by Jack Kramer | April 6, 2017 11:30am

Jack Kramer / ctnewsjunkie HARTFORD, CT — Advocates for Connecticut’s forests and parks joined a bipartisan group of lawmakers Wednesday to support a constitutional amendment to protect state lands from being sold or given away without public input.

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Hospitals Lobby Against Tax Structure

by Christine Stuart | April 6, 2017 5:30am

Christine Stuart / ctnewsjunkie HARTFORD, CT — Connecticut hospital executives and caregivers made what seems to have become an annual pilgrimage to the state Capitol Wednesday to oppose the state’s proposed reimbursement structure and a potential new property tax on state hospitals.

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March 23, 2017

Connecticut’s Anti-Poverty Agencies Would Be Devastated By Trump’s Budget

by Christine Stuart | March 23, 2017 4:25pm

Christine Stuart / ctnewsjunkie HARTFORD, CT — Federal anti-poverty programs started more than 50 years ago to help the neediest Americans would be completely wiped out by Republican President Donald Trump’s budget.

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March 16, 2017

State Settles Food Stamp Class Action By Improving Timeliness

by Christine Stuart | March 16, 2017 5:30am

HARTFORD, CT — Five years after filing a federal lawsuit against the state to force it to issue food stamps in a timely manner, legal aid attorneys said they’ve reached a settlement.

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March 14, 2017

Is It Time to Increase or Eliminate Connecticut’s Bottle Bill?

by Christine Stuart | March 14, 2017 2:54pm

Albert Karimov via shutterstock HARTFORD, CT — Several bills this year are aimed at improving or abolishing Connecticut’s decades old bottle bill.

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January 31, 2017

Home Medical Providers Get 60-Day Delay For New System

by Christine Stuart | January 31, 2017 4:05pm

shutterstock HARTFORD, CT—The 11th hour plea that home medical providers made to the Department of Social Services, and chairs of the Human Services and Appropriations Committee to delay the implementation of a new telephonic and computer-based in-home scheduling, tracking, and billing system was heard.

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January 26, 2017

Will Fourth Time Be The Charm For Dreamers?

by Christine Stuart | January 26, 2017 6:00pm

Christine Stuart / ctnewsjunkie It’s the fourth year in a row that Dreamers are trying to get a bill that would give them access to financial aid at Connecticut’s public colleges and universities.

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Malloy Unveils Plans to Further Combat Opioid Crisis

by Jack Kramer | January 26, 2017 5:00pm

Jack Kramer / ctnewsjunkie HARTFORD, CT - Gov. Dannel P. Malloy unveiled a series of new suggested measures Thursday to combat the continuing opioid epidemic in the state, including requiring all prescriptions to be filed electronically in an effort to combat fraud.

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January 24, 2017

The Balancing Act Before the Budget

by Christine Stuart | January 24, 2017 2:31pm

Christine Stuart / ctnewsjunkie Office of Policy and Management Secretary Ben Barnes attends the Connecticut Voices for Children budget forum every year, and every year he tries to dodge questions about the budget his boss will release in about two weeks.

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