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January 24, 2017

Appropriations Forwards Pension Deal To General Assembly

by Christine Stuart | January 24, 2017 4:23pm

Christine Stuart / ctnewsjunkie The Appropriations Committee voted in favor of a deal to level the pension payments to the State Employees Retirement System.

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The Balancing Act Before the Budget

by Christine Stuart | January 24, 2017 1:31pm

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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Malloy Seeks Borrowing To Help Homeowners With Crumbling Foundations

by Jack Kramer | January 24, 2017 5:30am

Christine Stuart / ctnewsjunkie HARTFORD, CT — The governor will be asking for $5 million in state funding to assist homeowners in 24 towns in northeastern Connecticut whose homes may be crumbling because of a mineral that causes foundations to deteriorate.

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OP-ED | It’s Not Perfect, But Affordable Housing Appeals Act Works

by Gary Winfield | January 24, 2017 12:54am

It is effective, enduring, and revenue neutral. It has already helped thousands of Connecticut families and has the potential to help half a million more households currently spending too much for housing. Equally important, it positions the state for future economic growth and stability.

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Overwhelming Number of Lawmakers Unhappy with DCF Settlement

by Christine Stuart | January 24, 2017 12:15am

Courtesy of CTN Following a four hour hearing, the Appropriations Committee voted overwhelming against a plan that would require Connecticut to increase funding for the Department of Children and Families to $801.2 million a year. That’s more than $794.2 million it’s expected to receive this fiscal year.

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January 23, 2017

Murphy Says He’ll Work With Trump to Encourage the Federal Gov’t to Buy American

by Jack Kramer | January 23, 2017 4:08pm

Jack Kramer / ctnewsjunkie HARTFORD, CT — He grilled President Donald Trump’s nominee for Education Secretary on the issue of guns in schools and said Rex Tillerson’s testimony “confirmed that he is not prepared to be our next secretary of state.” But that’s not stopping U.S. Sen. Chris Murphy from working with the president on an area where they agree.

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Connecticut Lawmakers Reaffirm Their Commitment to Women’s Rights, Ready For Debate

by Christine Stuart | January 23, 2017 2:02pm

Christine Stuart / ctnewsjunkie At least 20 Connecticut lawmakers reaffirmed Connecticut’s commitment to reproductive rights and continued access to health services for women Monday at a Legislative Office Building press conference.

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Tribes To Host Community Conversations On Casino In East Windsor, Windsor Locks

by Christine Stuart | January 23, 2017 11:00am

The Mashantucket Pequot and Mohegan Tribes will be holding two community conversations this week to discuss their desire to build a casino in either East Windsor or Windsor Locks.

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Connecticut’s Budget Improves Slightly For 2017, But Deficits Still Loom

by Christine Stuart | January 23, 2017 5:30am

CTNewsJunkie file photo Under water for most of the 2017 fiscal year so far, Connecticut’s budget situation has improved and is running a $23.3 million surplus, according to the governor’s budget office.

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January 22, 2017

OP-ED | Has Eloquence Become A Thing of the Past?

by Barth Keck | January 22, 2017 10:21pm

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To be honest, Donald Trump’s inaugural address disappointed me. He’d been working on it for more than three weeks, after all, so my expectations were high. Not to mention, it was to be his masterpiece, and his alone.

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