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May 27, 2016

OP-ED | Let Them Eat Cake - A Wake-up Call to Scrutinize Our Economic Incentive Policies

by Sarah Darer Littman | May 27, 2016 9:00am

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Just weeks after passing an austerity budget, in a stunning display of “let them eat cakery” the State Bonding Commission is set to vote on a $22 million grant to Bridgewater Associates, one of the world’s largest hedge funds run by Ray Dalio, who is ranked 29th on the Forbes 400 and ninth in the Forbes 2016 list of highest earning hedge fund managers.

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Medical Examiner to Towns: Any ‘Unclaimed’ Body Is Your Responsibility

by Christine Stuart | May 27, 2016 5:30am

ct.gov Two weeks ago, Chief Medical Examiner Dr. James Gill warned that his office could lose accreditation due to budget cuts and an increase in overdose deaths. On Thursday, Gill sent a letter to municipalities to tell them that any “unclaimed” dead person will now be their responsibility.

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May 25, 2016

Malloy Visits Hartford Correctional, Wants Vote On His Criminal Justice Reforms

by Kristi Allen | May 25, 2016 11:26pm

Kristi Allen photo Gov. Dannel P. Malloy and Correction Commissioner Scott Semple met with inmates of Hartford Correctional Center on Wednesday in their continued effort to get the General Assembly to adopt a package of criminal justice reforms.

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Republicans Critical of Automatic Voter Registration Agreement With DMV

by Christine Stuart | May 25, 2016 2:41pm

Christine Stuart photo An agreement between Secretary of the State Denise Merrill and Department of Motor Vehicle Commissioner Michael Byzdra to develop an automatic voter registration system is an unnecessary and expensive proposition. That was the message from four Republican lawmakers who held a press conference Wednesday at the Legislative Office Building in Hartford to criticize the decision.

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May 23, 2016

Malloy Push for Second Chance 2.0 Continues

by Christine Stuart | May 23, 2016 4:59pm

Christine Stuart photo Gov. Dannel P. Malloy continues to hold almost daily press conferences about his legislative proposal to change how bail works and how 18- to 20-year-olds who commit non-violent crimes should be treated.

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ANALYSIS | Sullivan, Rating Agencies Signal Little Room For Error in CT’s Budget

by Christine Stuart | May 23, 2016 2:05pm

CTNewsJunkie file photo Lawmakers passed a $19.76 billion budget for 2017 last week, mostly along party lines, that included no tax increases and more than $820 million in spending cuts.

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Labor Sends A Message to Connecticut’s Democrats

by Christine Stuart | May 23, 2016 5:30am

ctnewsjunke file photo Feeling betrayed by Democrats who supported a state budget that includes thousands of layoffs for their members, a coalition of Connecticut’s unions say they are now raising money to fund other candidates who support labor.

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May 20, 2016

Stubborn Deficit Remains In This Year’s Budget

by Christine Stuart | May 20, 2016 3:48pm

CTNewsJunkie file photo Lawmakers resolved the 2017 deficit last week when they sent a $19.76 billion budget to Democratic Gov. Dannel P. Malloy, but they’ve been unable to resolve the $259.1 million deficit in 2016.

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Judicial Branch Announces 61 More Layoffs

by Christine Stuart | May 20, 2016 11:59am

The Judicial Branch announced Friday that it will be laying off 61 temporary court clerks and temporary court recording monitors.

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OP-ED | Florida Bound: The Puzzling Popularity of Jodi Rell

by Terry Cowgill | May 20, 2016 5:30am

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As a recovering English teacher, one of best things about covering politics is it’s rich with irony — which coincidentally happens to be my favorite literary device. Within days of each other last week, we learned two things: lawmakers in Hartford had passed what state Rep. Roberta Willis described as an “unpleasant” budget that closed a nearly $1 billion deficit. And they did so without major tax increases.

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