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October 17, 2017

Legislative Leaders Set Wednesday Deadline For Budget Deal

by Christine Stuart | October 17, 2017 9:40pm

Christine Stuart / ctnewsjunkie HARTFORD, CT — Legislative leaders said they expect to know whether they will have a two-year, bipartisan budget deal by 2:30 p.m. Wednesday afternoon.

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Malloy Releases Analysis of Overtime Calculations, Says GOP Budget Overstates Savings

by Christine Stuart | October 17, 2017 5:00pm

Christine Stuart / ctnewsjunkie HARTFORD, CT — Gov. Dannel P. Malloy isn’t in the room with legislative leaders negotiating a budget, but he’s trying to anticipate and steer some of that discussion from the outside.

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Trump Tweets That Drug Czar Nominee Withdraws

by Jack Kramer | October 17, 2017 12:07pm

Courtesy of his Instagram page WASHINGTON, D.C. - President Donald Trump’s pick to be the nation’s drug czar withdrew his name Tuesday morning, in the wake of reports that the lawmaker helped steer legislation making it harder to penalize large drug companies.

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Environmental Scores of Connecticut Lawmakers Drop

by Christine Stuart | October 17, 2017 10:00am

Courtesy of the scorecard HARTFORD, CT — (Updated 2 p.m.) The state’s fiscal issues put Connecticut’s environment on the backburner this year, according to the Connecticut League of Conservation Voters.

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OP-ED | Misperception Of Urban Schools And Educators Is Pervasive, But Baseless

by Jason Courtmanche | October 17, 2017 5:30am

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Each fall I take first-year students interested in English education on field trips to museums in Connecticut. Last year, on a trip to the Wadsworth Atheneum, several students expressed surprise at the loveliness of the area — the Wadsworth, City Hall, the Public Library, the under construction Hartford Times building, even Bushnell Park in view in the distance from Wells Street or Gold Street. I concurred, and asked if any of them had ever been to the Wadsworth before. All shook their heads no. Then I asked if any of them had ever been to Hartford before, and, again, all of them said no. One young woman said her parents claimed it was too dangerous. Several others said they had heard the same thing.

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October 16, 2017

Wall Street Issues Connecticut Another Warning

by Christine Stuart | October 16, 2017 7:18pm

shutterstock HARTFORD, CT — Wall Street issued a harsh warning to Connecticut policymakers Monday when it placed the ratings of 26 municipalities and three regional school districts under review for a credit downgrade.

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Blumenthal Calls On FCC To Quiet Trump’s Press Threats

by Jack Kramer | October 16, 2017 12:47pm

ctnewsjunkie file photo HARTFORD, CT — U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal on Monday asked the Federal Communication Commission to pledge to uphold the First Amendment amidst a series of tweets from President Donald Trump threatening to revoke broadcaster licenses.

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Malloy Releases New Budget; Lawmakers Continue To Meet

by Christine Stuart | October 16, 2017 10:32am

Christine Stuart / ctnewsjunkie HARTFORD, CT — (Updated 2:59 p.m.) While he waits for legislative leaders to strike a seemingly unattainable bipartisan deal on a two-year state budget, Gov. Dannel P. Malloy released his fourth budget proposal Monday.

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Labor Threatens To Sue If Legislators Pursue Collective Bargaining Changes

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

Ctnewsjunkie file photo HARTFORD, CT —Just in case, Gov. Dannel P. Malloy’s warning that he would veto any budget that tries to change the labor agreement wasn’t clear, labor’s chief negotiator penned a letter to legislative leaders last week explaining why.

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October 13, 2017

Wall Street Sends Connecticut A Warning

by Christine Stuart | October 13, 2017 10:02pm

shutterstock HARTFORD, CT — Without a budget for 105 days, Standard & Poor’s Global Ratings sent the state a message Friday when it downgraded its outlook for Connecticut’s general obligation bonds to “negative.”

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