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September 1, 2017

OP-ED | Through Challenging Times, Connecticut Teachers Teach - Always

by Barth Keck | September 1, 2017 5:30am

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The new school year has just begun. As a teacher, I’ve seen many beginnings to school years — 27, to be exact — but I can’t remember a more volatile environment at the start.

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August 3, 2017

Malloy Signals Deeper Cuts To Municipalities, But Speaker Pushes Back

by Christine Stuart | August 3, 2017 1:40pm

ctnewsjunkie file photo HARTFORD, CT — Gov. Dannel P. Malloy is headed to Aspen, Colorado for a Democratic Governors Association meeting, but before leaving he sent a letter possibly hoping to nudge Democratic legislators looking to spare municipalities from the budget ax.

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July 31, 2017

Wyman Breaks Tie In Favor of $1.57B Labor Deal

by Christine Stuart | July 31, 2017 7:58pm

Christine Stuart / ctnewsjunkie HARTFORD, CT — The $1.57 billion labor agreement passed the Senate Monday evening when Lt. Gov. Nancy Wyman broke a party line tie vote.

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July 28, 2017

OP-ED | Saving Taxpayers $24 billion Over the Next 20 Years

by Rep. Michael D'Agostino | July 28, 2017 2:06pm

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The state House of Representatives took a significant step July 24 toward solving Connecticut’s fiscal crisis by ratifying a concessions deal with the state workforce.

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Budget Stalemate Begins To Take Its Toll

by Christine Stuart | July 28, 2017 1:02pm

Ctnewsjunkie file photo HARTFORD, CT — House Speaker Joe Aresimowicz said Thursday that if the Senate votes against the labor agreement “then we’ll never have a budget.”

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July 27, 2017

Lawmakers Could Change Labor Contract, But Constitutional Hurdles Exist

by Christine Stuart | July 27, 2017 3:08pm

Ctnewsjunkie file photo HARTFORD, CT —  Attorney General George Jepsen opined Thursday that there may be certain circumstances that would allow the General Assembly to change existing labor contracts, but altering the contracts could be unconstitutional.

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Attention Turns To Three Senators Still on the Fence

by Christine Stuart | July 27, 2017 11:30am

Courtesy of Senate Democrats HARTFORD, CT — It’s a full court press and the targets are three Democratic Senators.

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July 25, 2017

Connecticut’s Retirement Funds Increase In Value

by Christine Stuart | July 25, 2017 10:30am

Christine Stuart / ctnewsjunkie file photo HARTFORD, CT — Preliminary investment returns show that Connecticut’s Retirement Plans and Trust Funds exceeded expectations in 2017.

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July 24, 2017

House Sends Labor Agreement to Senate

by Christine Stuart | July 24, 2017 9:53pm

Christine Stuart / ctnewsjunkie HARTFORD, CT — The House voted 78 to 72, mostly along party lines, in favor of the agreement the Malloy administration reached with a coalition of state labor unions.

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July 20, 2017

OP-ED | Reject Too-Costly Union Deal

by Susan Bigelow | July 20, 2017 7:00pm

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Connecticut’s state employee unions approved a concessions package this week that will save the state $1.5 billion over the next two years. That’s the good news. The bad news is that the deal comes at way too high a price, and will make closing the deficit much harder in the years to come.

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