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February 21, 2017

One of Two Minimum Wage Bills Squeaks Through Committee

by Christine Stuart | February 21, 2017 4:36pm

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 12:19pm

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 3:42pm

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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February 10, 2017

How The Federal Healthcare Debate Is Shaking Out In Connecticut

by Christine Stuart | February 10, 2017 5:30am

David Orcea via shutterstock There’s nearly $2 billion in federal funds at stake if the Republican Congress and President Donald Trump move forward with some of the health care changes they’re contemplating as replacements for Obamacare.

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January 22, 2017

OP-ED | The 401(k) Failure Is An Inconvenient Truth

by Sal Luciano | January 22, 2017 10:00pm

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Once upon a time, there was retirement security . . .

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January 12, 2017

Report Recommends Going After Johns To Curb Sex Trafficking

by Jack Kramer | January 12, 2017 5:30am

HARTFORD, CT — Emphasizing that the sex industry — especially when it involves underage children — is a form of human trafficking, the Connecticut Trafficking in Persons Council (TIP) is making several legislative recommendations aimed at going after the buyers of sex.

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December 16, 2016

OP-ED | Achievement Gap Remains - Not Only in Connecticut, But in Every Other State

by Barth Keck | December 16, 2016 10:00am

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At last week’s meeting, state Board of Education member Malia Sieve not only expressed her displeasure with the latest national science test results; she also called out her fellow board members’ Pollyannaish reactions to those results.

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December 13, 2016

Changing Social Security Would Be A Tough Sell

by Jack Kramer | December 13, 2016 5:30am

CTNewsJunkie file photo Even though tinkering with the Social Security hasn’t been one of President-elect Donald Trump’s big initiatives it isn’t stopping a powerful Republican senator from proposing drastic changes to the currently underfunded entitlement program.

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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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