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July 3, 2015

OP-ED | Union Lobbyists Had Big Wins This Legislative Session

by Suzanne Bates | July 3, 2015 10:00am

In April, when the Democrats on the Finance Committee released their half of the budget calling for more than $2 billion in new revenue, most of the lobbyists were scrambling to get their hands on the details.

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OP-ED | The Good, The Bad, and the Ugly of the 2015 Special Session

by Susan Bigelow | July 3, 2015 8:00am

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The legislature met early this week to finish up its business from this year’s session, and managed to get a lot done. Some of it was very positive and should help Connecticut move forward. Some of it was a bit less so. And some of it was, well . . .  just ugly.

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OP-ED | Stay In Connecticut But Don’t Dismiss Scott’s Message

by Terry Cowgill | July 3, 2015 5:30am

What should we make of a Republican governor from a large state with a relatively strong economy who comes to embattled Connecticut to steal some jobs from us? For starters, we should pay attention and not dismiss him as a publicity seeker. We should not shoot the messenger, who in this case has a rather questionable business career of his own, but rather assess his message.

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June 29, 2015

OP-ED | In Charleston, Love Overcomes Hate

by Will Hermann | June 29, 2015 10:27am

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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OP-ED | There’s Plenty of Hospital Money – It’s About Where They Spend It

by Tom Swan | June 29, 2015 9:00am

If recent media reports on the impact of the state budget on our hospitals seem familiar, that’s because they are. As they did two years ago, the state’s big hospital conglomerates are crying wolf, even as they keep buying up the state’s health care system and driving up costs. The critical challenge we face is reining in the state’s growing hospital monopolies

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June 26, 2015

OP-ED | A To-Do List for the Incoming Republican State Chairman

by Susan Bigelow | June 26, 2015 9:59am

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Congratulations, JR Romano, on becoming the new chairman of the state Republican Party! The good news for you is that for the first time in a decade, that fact may no longer be such an albatross around your neck.

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OP-ED | Not My Father’s GOP

by Sarah Darer Littman | June 26, 2015 8:00am

Since my mother passed away suddenly earlier this year, just 16 months after Dad, my siblings and I have been dealing with the painful process of clearing out her apartment for sale. Mom was both a packrat and the keeper of family history, so there is much to sort through — with a wealth of memories and emotions encountered in the process.

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OP-ED | Recall Elections: Change We Can Do Without

by Terry Cowgill | June 26, 2015 5:30am

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Change. It’s one of those words when uttered in a political context conjures up images of a cynical office seeker looking to exploit a malaise that might or might not be based in reality.

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June 25, 2015

OP-ED | Are Drug Company Kickbacks Fueling A Deadly Public Health Crisis In Connecticut?

by Matt DeRienzo | June 25, 2015 11:00pm

Pharmaceutical companies’ aggressive marketing of expensive (and profitable) medications has likely exacerbated America’s problems with health care.

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June 23, 2015

OP-ED | Major Step in Curtailing Wage Theft Merits Support

by James Bhandary-Alexander | June 23, 2015 12:22pm

Wage theft occurs when employees are not lawfully paid the minimum wage, an overtime premium, or for every hour they worked. Connecticut residents need to be able to count on a fair day’s pay for a fair day’s work. But wage theft does not just cheat workers, it also cheats law-abiding employers and the economy as a whole.

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