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September 21, 2017

OP-ED | The Bridgeport Casino Plan is for Suckers

by Susan Bigelow | Sep 21, 2017 4:00pm
Posted to: Analysis | Gaming | Jobs | Opinion | Public Health | Poverty | Tribes | Bridgeport | Mental Health Care

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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 | Jul 18, 2017 4:29am
Posted to: Civil Liberties | Courts | Jobs | Law Enforcement | Poverty | Public Safety | State Budget | Criminal Justice | Mental Health Care | Workforce Development

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 | Jun 28, 2017 4:30am
Posted to: Business | The Economy | Labor | Poverty | State Budget | Bridgeport | East Haven | Hartford | New Haven

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 | Jun 27, 2017 10:00pm
Posted to: Child Welfare | Health Care | Mental Health Care | Opinion | Health Care Opinion | Sponsored Opinion | Public Health | Disability Care | Poverty | State Budget | Taxes

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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 | Jun 22, 2017 11:01pm
Posted to: Child Welfare | Congress | Equality | Health Care | Opinion | Health Care Opinion | Sponsored Opinion | Public Health | Poverty | White House

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 | Jun 20, 2017 4:30am
Posted to: Child Welfare | Equality | Health Care | Mental Health Care | Legal | Public Health | Poverty

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 | Jun 14, 2017 4:30am
Posted to: Labor | Nonprofits | Poverty | State Capitol | Transparency

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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June 9, 2017

OP-ED | Ray Dalio Wakes to Smell the Coffee: When Algorithms Don’t Tell the Whole Story

by Sarah Darer Littman | Jun 9, 2017 6:59am
Posted to: Analysis | Child Welfare | Education | Equality | Opinion | Public Health | Poverty | Greenwich

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Ray Dalio, chairman and chief investment officer of Westport hedge fund Bridgewater Associates, appears to have belatedly woken up and smelled the coffee — expressing concern about President Trump’s propensity to seek conflict rather than cooperation.

This marks a change from a month after the election, when Dalio appeared encouraged by aspects of the Trump presidency:

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June 3, 2017

House Passes Amended Version of Malloy’s Bail Bond Reform Bill

by Christine Stuart | Jun 3, 2017 6:55pm
Posted to: Civil Liberties | Courts | Equality | Law Enforcement | Poverty | Public Safety | State Budget | Criminal Justice

Christine Stuart / ctnewsjunkie HARTFORD, CT — The House approved, 88-62, a revised version of Gov. Dannel P. Malloy’s bill to change the bail bond system and reduce the pre-trial population Saturday.

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May 22, 2017

Report: Where You Live In Connecticut Matters

by Jack Kramer | May 22, 2017 10:00am
Posted to: Child Welfare | Nonprofits | Poverty

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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