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November 16, 2016

Survey Respondents: We Love Connecticut, We Just Can’t Afford To Live Here

by Jack Kramer | November 16, 2016 4:02pm

CTNewsJunkie file photo A new survey shows while most Connecticut residents enjoy living here they worry that lack of jobs, good public transportation, quality health care, and the dearth of affordable housing will drive many of them to flee the Nutmeg State.

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October 10, 2016

Report Finds That Many Families Are Still Struggling

by Kristi Allen | October 10, 2016 4:30am

Despite Connecticut’s modest economic growth, the number of families struggling to cover basic household costs has increased since 2010, according to the United Way’s ALICE report released Sunday.

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October 4, 2016

Child Advocate: Near Death of Toddler Points To Systemic Problems in DCF’s Kinship Foster Placements

by Christine Stuart | October 4, 2016 9:00am

CTNewsJunkie file photo The “near-death from starvation and abuse” of a toddler points to systemic issues with some of the state’s recently touted kinship foster placements, according to a report released today by the state Child Advocate’s office.

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September 30, 2016

OP-ED | End Local Control of Schools

by Susan Bigelow | September 30, 2016 9:00am

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A long time ago, Puritans carved out the boundaries of their towns by how far away someone could live from the church and still get to the sermon on time. Today, those arbitrary boundaries are also the limits of most of our school districts, meaning the kind of education your child gets depends on which side of the line your house sits.

This is deeply unjust, and it needs to end.

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September 16, 2016

Is There Hope for Afghanistan? Afghan Visitor Shares Perspective in Bristol

by Kristi Allen | September 16, 2016 1:36pm

kristi allen / ctnewsjunkie Edrees Kakar has lived a life few people in America can imagine: He has walked through war zones, lived as a refugee for 10 years, and survived a terror attack that killed more than a dozen people.

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September 15, 2016

9th Annual Connecticut Mission of Mercy Dental Clinic Set for Friday in Hartford

by Staff Report | September 15, 2016 9:37pm

Nancy Guenther Chapman for CTNewsJunkie The Connecticut Foundation for Dental Outreach is set to kick off its 9th annual Connecticut Mission of Mercy Free Dental Clinic in Hartford at the XL Center on Friday.

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July 15, 2016

Advocates Call For Change To School Funding Formula As Historic Lawsuit Comes To A Close

by Cara Rosner | July 15, 2016 4:30am

shutterstock The state would have a more accurate sense of how many low-income students attend Connecticut public schools if it changed how those students are identified and counted, according to a recent report.

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June 1, 2016

Malloy Pitches Bail Reform, Encourages House Vote

by Christine Stuart | June 1, 2016 2:31pm

Christine Stuart photo WATERBURY — Democratic Gov. Dannel P. Malloy already gave up half of his criminal justice reforms, but it still may not be enough to get the legislation across the finish line Thursday when the House reconvenes for a one-day special session.

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April 28, 2016

OP-ED | Public Retirement Option Needed, But Will It Grow Into A Monster?

by Terry Cowgill | April 28, 2016 4:30am

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It’s something almost all of us should be worrying about. Unless you’re young, independently wealthy or have a good government job or the equivalent in the private sector, you’re probably wondering how you’re going to survive when you can’t work anymore.

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March 28, 2016

OP-ED | The True Cost of Bail

by Thurston Powers | March 28, 2016 2:00pm


In Connecticut, the cost of holding defendants on low-level bail — which usually means they are low risk — is approximately $150 million a year.

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