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December 1, 2017

DC NEWS JUNKIE | Tax Relief for Crumbling Foundations May Be Fleeting

by Peter Urban | December 1, 2017 2:30pm

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A tax write-off for Connecticut homeowners with crumbling foundations that was recently approved by the Internal Revenue Service may be in jeopardy under legislation now being debated by the U.S. Senate.

A Senate Republican proposal to overhaul federal tax policy would eliminate the tax deduction for property casualty losses except those stemming from federal declared disasters.

Connecticut Senators Richard Blumenthal and Chris Murphy have raised concerns about eliminating the deduction but as Democrats who oppose the overall bill, they have little chance to amend it. The bill remains under debate and Republican leaders are focused on making changes to insure that the Senate Republican majority can approve it without the need for any Democrat support.

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November 14, 2017

Senate Cleans Up Budget, Forwards It On To House

by Jack Kramer | November 14, 2017 12:13pm

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HARTFORD, CT — It only took a few minutes Tuesday for the Senate to unanimously approve adjustments to the bipartisan budget it passed in late October.

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October 5, 2017

OP-ED | No Divorce More Final: When Nations Split Apart

by Susan Bigelow | October 5, 2017 5:50pm

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I traveled through the north of Scotland with my mother in the beginning of September, and while we did pass through a stark and forbidding room labeled “UK Border” and passed around money that said “Bank of England,” there was a sense of being somewhere distinct and different from the United Kingdom.

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September 21, 2017

OP-ED | The Bridgeport Casino Plan is for Suckers

by Susan Bigelow | September 21, 2017 4:00pm

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I feel like I keep making the same argument over and over. No, a casino won’t save your town. No, casinos don’t do much for local businesses. Yes, the casino companies are promising things they can’t possibly deliver. And yet people keep falling for it.

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July 18, 2017

Connecticut Prison Reform Efforts Featured On PBS Frontline Documentary ‘Life On Parole’ Tonight

by Jack Kramer | July 18, 2017 4:29am

PBS Frontline / CPTV HARTFORD, CT — Life On Parole, a documentary that takes an inside look at Connecticut’s efforts to change the parole system and reduce the number of people returning to prison, will air on CPTV at 10 p.m. tonight.

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June 28, 2017

Summer Youth Employment First Casualty of Budget Mess

by Jack Kramer | June 28, 2017 4:30am

Courtesy of Workforce Alliance NEW HAVEN, CT — Thousands of youth and five regional workforce boards were told last week that the youth employment program would be canceled this summer because there isn’t a state budget.

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June 27, 2017

OP-ED | Increase Revenue To Save Medicaid And Other Basic Services For People With Disabilities

by Lisa Abbey-James | June 27, 2017 10:00pm

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I have severe disabilities, including brain injury and spinal cord injury, due to accidents in 1985 and 1992. I write to object to the willingness of some in the legislature to consider raising revenue to balance the state budget but ONLY to save municipalities from cuts, and NOT to prevent further shredding of the safety net for people like me.

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June 22, 2017

OP-ED | Protect Contraceptive Access in Connecticut

by Sarah Croucher | June 22, 2017 11:01pm

In January, female legislators in Connecticut proposed bills that would protect copay-free access to birth control for insurance plans in our state.

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June 20, 2017

Attorneys Take Social Services Department Back to Court

by Christine Stuart | June 20, 2017 4:30am

Christine Stuart / ctnewsjunkie HARTFORD, CT — (Updated 9:30 a.m.) Last week attorneys in a class action lawsuit asked the court to extend the consent decree with the Department of Social Services for two more years because they say the state is again falling behind in processing Medicaid applications.

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June 14, 2017

Lembo, Senate Republicans Point Fingers Over Death of Charitable Giving Bill

by Christine Stuart | June 14, 2017 4:30am

Ctnewsjunkie file photo HARTFORD, CT —It was considered a small and necessary change to current statute by state Comptroller Kevin Lembo, but after he pointed to Senate Republicans as the reason the legislation died, the Republicans are pushing back

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