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May 25, 2017

Bipartisan Coalition Continues To Pitch ‘Passport to the Parks’

by Jack Kramer | May 25, 2017 2:42pm

Jack Kramer / ctnewsjunkie HARTFORD, CT — A few days before the unofficial kick-off of the summer season —  Memorial Day weekend — a group of legislators from both political parties made a renewed pitch for the state to spend millions to maintain Connecticut’s parks and forests.

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Senate Dysfunction or Life In An Evenly Split Chamber?

by Christine Stuart | May 25, 2017 10:30am

Christine Stuart / ctnewsjunkie HARTFORD, CT — It’s become sort of a running joke at the state Capitol these days. How many bills will get through the state Senate?

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May 24, 2017

Union Leaders Begin Selling Labor Deal to Members

by Jack Kramer | May 24, 2017 2:00pm

Jack Kramer / ctnewsjunkie HARTFORD, CT — A day after a deal was struck between the governor and labor leaders that would save Connecticut $1.5 billion over the next two fiscal years, state workers were at the capitol Wednesday to show support for it.

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Bill Giving Drivers with ‘Priors’ A Second Chance Dies

by Jack Kramer | May 24, 2017 11:00am

shutterstock HARTFORD, CT —  Legislation that would have given those close to losing their license a second chance died in the Finance, Revenue and Bonding Committee Tuesday.

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May 23, 2017

Democratic Lawmakers Breathe Sigh of Relief At Prospect of Union Deal

by Christine Stuart | May 23, 2017 2:11pm

Christine Stuart / ctnewsjunkie HARTFORD, CT — Democratic lawmakers were breathing a sigh of relief Tuesday after word that state employees were close to inking a concession deal with Democratic Gov. Dannel P. Malloy.

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Not Your Average Bear Or Amendment

by Christine Stuart | May 23, 2017 11:43am

HARTFORD, CT— The Republican Party’s attempt to use a humorous Democratic amendment that was never called as a fundraising pitch may have fallen a little flat since it actually was proposed last year by a Republican lawmaker.

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May 22, 2017

Union Framework Released, But No Final Deal

by Christine Stuart | May 22, 2017 4:23pm

ctnewsjunkie file photo HARTFORD, CT— Gov. Dannel P. Malloy and the state labor unions are close to reaching a five-year deal that would freeze wages over the next three years, require employees to contribute more to their pension and healthcare benefits, and reduce cost-of-living increases for retirees.

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Union Negotiations Resume Later This Week

by Christine Stuart | May 22, 2017 5:30am

Ctnewsjunkie file photo HARTFORD, CT — Gov. Dannel P. Malloy told Republican legislative leaders Friday that he won’t be able to get more from the labor unions than what he had asked for back in February.

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May 19, 2017

OP-ED | That Sinking Feeling

by Susan Bigelow | May 19, 2017 10:00am

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There comes a moment during the filling up of the boat with water that cold reality sets in: just bailing it out isn’t working anymore, and the ship’s going down.

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May 18, 2017

Dreamers Push, But Speaker Says He Doesn’t Have The Votes

by Jack Kramer | May 18, 2017 4:13pm

Jack Kramer / ctnewsjunkie HARTFORD, CT — With less than three weeks to go until the end of the General Assembly session, proponents of two bills that would give undocumented immigrant students access to financial aid at Connecticut’s public colleges and universities are putting on the full court press for passage.

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