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May 22, 2017

Report: Where You Live In Connecticut Matters

by Jack Kramer | May 22, 2017 11:00am

Jack Kramer / ctnewsjunkie HARTFORD, CT — Connecticut generally ranks high for children’s and families’ economic, education, and health outcomes in an annual survey, but dig a little deeper using race and ethnicity and the numbers begin to change says a policy analyst with the Connecticut Association for Human Services.

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May 19, 2017

OP-ED | Addressing the ‘Why’ in Sex Trafficking

by Jillian Gilchrest | May 19, 2017 8:00am

On Wednesday, the House of Representatives voted unanimously on legislation to address the demand side of sex trafficking, marking a major shift in the way our state addresses this crime.

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May 5, 2017

OP-ED | Stop These Inhumane Deportations

by Susan Bigelow | May 5, 2017 11:00am

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Luis Barrios, an undocumented immigrant who lives with his wife and children in Derby, will get to stay in the United States for another 30 days. After that, it’s possible he’ll be deported to Guatemala, where he fears his life will be in danger. This sort of cruelty has become too common. It must stop.

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April 28, 2017

OP-ED | Standardized Test Data Still Too ‘Squishy’ for Teacher Evaluations

by Barth Keck | April 28, 2017 5:30am

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When the State Board of Education voted earlier this month to remove standardized test scores from teacher evaluations, reaction was mixed.

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March 23, 2017

Connecticut’s Anti-Poverty Agencies Would Be Devastated By Trump’s Budget

by Christine Stuart | March 23, 2017 4:25pm

Christine Stuart / ctnewsjunkie HARTFORD, CT — Federal anti-poverty programs started more than 50 years ago to help the neediest Americans would be completely wiped out by Republican President Donald Trump’s budget.

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March 22, 2017

OP-ED | Proposed Husky Cuts Could Have A Devastating Impact On Patients In Need

by Craig Glover and Ludwig Spinelli | March 22, 2017 5:30am

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As the CEOs of two local Federally Qualified Health Centers, both of which have a mission of treating every patient who comes to us regardless of ability to pay, we have grave concerns regarding Gov. Dannel P. Malloy’s plans to dramatically scale back coverage under the state’s HUSKY plan in this year’s budget proposal.

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March 8, 2017

OP-ED | For My Son? Let’s Give Him Every Possible Opportunity to Succeed

by Monisha Lee | March 8, 2017 11:00pm

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As a mother, the thing that’s most important to me is giving my son Sa’Jai every possible opportunity to succeed. He’s only four years old right now, but it’s clear that the education he gets starting at this age will determine the path he takes for the rest of his life.

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February 21, 2017

One of Two Minimum Wage Bills Squeaks Through Committee

by Christine Stuart | February 21, 2017 5:36pm

Christine Stuart / ctnewsjunkie A Senate bill to increase the minimum wage to $15 an hour by 2022 failed on a split vote, but the House bill passed the Labor and Public Employees Committee by a slim one vote margin after an hour of debate.

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Connecticut Officials Say Congressional Action Jeopardizes Retirement Savings Law

by Cara Rosner | February 21, 2017 1:19pm

Christine Stuart / ctnewsjunkie State officials are worried that a retirement savings plan created last year by the General Assembly — intended to help the roughly 600,000 residents who lack such a plan — will be in jeopardy if Congressional Republicans get their way.

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February 16, 2017

Democratic Lawmakers, Advocates Seek Minimum Wage Hike

by Christine Stuart | February 16, 2017 4:42pm

ctnewsjunkie HARTFORD, CT—He wouldn’t handicap the chances of the General Assembly approving an increase in the minimum wage this year, but Senate President Martin Looney, D-New Haven, said he wouldn’t give up the fight because “it’s the right thing to do.”

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