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April 30, 2015

OP-ED | The Problem Isn’t (Just) The Police

by Susan Bigelow | April 30, 2015 10:20pm

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How do we fix the cops? That’s a tough question, and it’s not the only one we should be asking.

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April 22, 2015

On Earth Day, A Push To Ban Plastic Bags, Microbeads

by Christine Stuart | April 22, 2015 3:40pm

Christine Stuart photo On Earth Day, Republicans and Democrats held a Capitol press conference to proclaim their support for legislation that would phase out the use of plastic bags and the use of plastic microbeads in cosmetic products.

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April 21, 2015

DSS Tells Lawmakers They’re Making Progress On Call Center Wait Times; Advocate Suggests Otherwise

by Christine Stuart | April 21, 2015 3:58pm

Officials from the Department of Social Services told the legislature’s Appropriations and Human Services Committee on Tuesday that they’ve been successful in decreasing the amount of time it takes clients to get through to its benefits center on the phone.

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April 14, 2015

Domestic Workers Rally For Rights At Capitol

by Christine Stuart | April 14, 2015 2:03pm

Christine Stuart photo They take care of children and the elderly and are trusted to clean homes, but domestic workers are not protected by Connecticut labor laws most of us take for granted.

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April 13, 2015

‘Dark Money’ Group Causes Confusion Over Tribal Lending Complaint

by Christine Stuart | April 13, 2015 2:58pm

Christine Stuart photo A conservative group that is not required to disclose its donors is ramping up its campaign against Democratic Gov. Dannel P. Malloy and the state Banking Department for action it’s taken regarding two tribal lending organizations.

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April 10, 2015

OP-ED | Turning Around Low-performing Schools Must be a Top Priority

by Yamuna Menon | April 10, 2015 2:25pm

Improving student achievement in our lowest-performing schools is a challenge faced by states across the nation.

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OP-ED | Push For Tax on Low Wages Would Mean Higher Grocery Bills and Fewer Jobs

by Suzanne Bates | April 10, 2015 1:30pm

Not one, but two legislative committees in Hartford approved bills that would force employers to pay a penalty — a tax, really — for hiring people in our state.

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April 1, 2015

OP-ED | False Budget Assumptions = Lots of Pain + Little Gain

by Nora Duncan | April 1, 2015 4:00pm

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy’s cuts to home care and respite services are as distressful as they are illogical. That’s because they are based on a false assumption that every cut automatically results in a savings. Not true.

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March 26, 2015

Lawmakers Struggle With Spending Cap

by Christine Stuart | March 26, 2015 12:05pm

Christine Stuart photo Anti-poverty advocates and residents who benefit from the state’s social service programs visited the state Capitol to lobby lawmakers Wednesday against many of the $1.3 billion in spending cuts included in Democratic Gov. Dannel P. Malloy’s budget.

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March 11, 2015

OP-ED | Parents Should Not Have To Choose Between Life’s Basic Needs Or Quality Education

by Gwen Samuel | March 11, 2015 7:00pm

Compiled by Gwen Samuels with data from the State of Connecticut, ctreports.com


This weekend, I watched on television as people across the country, mostly of color, gathered at the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma, Alabama, to remember the civil rights march that occurred there 50 years ago. I reflected on what the march represented for African American parents like me.

While we’ve made progress as a nation, we still have so much farther to go. For me, it represented our ongoing efforts to ensure that people of color and the poor have equitable access to quality opportunities via voting, education, employment, fair housing, and health care.

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