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May 22, 2015

OP-ED | Respect, Protect Constitutional Spending Cap

by Brian Flaherty | May 22, 2015 2:51pm

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Connecticut’s modern constitution and I both turn 50 this year. In all, it has been a pretty good run. And while I certainly can’t claim as storied a lineage as our founding document — which dates to the Fundamental Orders in 1638 — we’ve struck up a relationship over the years.

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OP-ED | Get Health Costs Under Control: Make the Market More Fair

by Earl Baskerville | May 22, 2015 1:59pm

The Senate sent a critically important bipartisan message Thursday night.  We’re on the wrong track in health care and we need to correct it. Here’s why.

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OP-ED | Promises, Promises? Taxes, Pension Debt, the Deficit, and the Spending Cap

by Suzanne Bates | May 22, 2015 9:03am


While the battle about next year’s budget continues at the Capitol, there was a reminder this week that this year’s budget is still unresolved because of a lingering $165 million deficit.

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OP-ED | Free College For All and Must The Ed Commish Be An Educator?

by Terry Cowgill | May 22, 2015 5:30am

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Two education initiatives caught my eye recently. The first, a bill that would require the state education commissioner to have significant classroom and school administrative experience, has cleared the House and is headed to the Senate. I’m trying hard to feel reassured but for some reason that’s not happening.

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May 21, 2015

OP-ED | How Much Do We Need Standardized Tests? There’s No Clear Answer

by Susan Bigelow | May 21, 2015 8:00am

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Students and teachers agree: standardized tests are a misery. But are they a necessary misery?

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May 20, 2015

OP-ED | A State Without Poetry, or Quite a State?

by Robert Rennie McQuilkin and Susan Ballek | May 20, 2015 10:00am

Courtesy of the Hill-Stead Museum As museums and history organizations across the state of Connecticut brace for budget cuts, we contemplate where in the order of priorities fall the arts and humanities. Is poetry a luxury or a staple of human mental health and spirit?

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OP-ED | Show Me The (Charter Management Fee) Money!

by Robert Cotto Jr. | May 20, 2015 7:59am

When traditional schools pay their bills to educate kids, they usually don’t have much money, if any, remaining. When charter schools pay their bills, they often have money left over to spend. How much? It depends on the school. For a number of charter schools, roughly 10 percent of all of public dollars meant for educating children in these schools go to pay fees for private companies called “charter management organizations.” That’s a problem.

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OP-ED | Mental Illness: The Invisible Struggle

by Aleesha Young | May 20, 2015 6:00am

As a Licensed Professional Counselor, I have worked in different capacities as a therapist in a traditional outpatient clinic, provided community-based outreach services, and currently direct a treatment team that serves individuals with severe and persistent mental illness.

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May 18, 2015

OP-ED | Enact a State Budget That Protects Property Taxpayers

by Joe DeLong | May 18, 2015 6:45pm

While other factors have significance, quality of life issues are the most important factors residents and businesses weigh when determining whether to relocate to or remain in a state.

Factors such as quality schools, an educated workforce, safe neighborhoods, reasonable property taxes, and safe and reliable roads and bridges top the list of residents’ and employers’ “must haves.” In addition, all residents believe that laying the foundation for a world-class education, police and fire services, and safe roads are core government services. No government service is placed above them. These are the services towns and cities provide — which is why the state budget and aid to towns and cities is so critical for the future of our state.

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May 15, 2015

OP-ED | Politicians Agree To Limits On Spending, But Hate Them

by Terry Cowgill | May 15, 2015 5:29am

It would be funny if it weren’t such a travesty. In order to appease taxpayers, lawmakers reluctantly agree to limits on revenue or spending. Then they while away the ensuing years trying to avoid the very limits they supported.

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