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March 24, 2017

Emotional, Politically Charged Conversation On Labor Rights

by Christine Stuart | March 24, 2017 2:18pm

Christine Stuart / ctnewsjunkie HARTFORD, CT — State employees and their brothers and sisters in labor gathered at the Legislative Office Building to let lawmakers know they are not interested in giving up their collective bargaining rights.

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March 22, 2017

Doctor’s Testimony Challenges Lawmakers Support For Legalizing Marijuana

by Christine Stuart | March 22, 2017 4:00pm

Christine Stuart / ctnewsjunkie HARTFORD, CT — Supporters of legalizing marijuana were put on the defensive Wednesday by almost two hours of testimony offered by Dr. Deepak Cyril D’Souza, a professor of psychiatry at Yale University School of Medicine and director of neuropsychiatry at the VA Connecticut Healthcare System.

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March 21, 2017

Malloy Underlines His Priorities

by Christine Stuart | March 21, 2017 4:52pm

Christine Stuart / ctnewsjunkie HARTFORD, CT — Democratic Gov. Dannel P. Malloy invited reporters to his state Capitol office Tuesday to reiterate his goals for the legislative session and future budget negotiations.

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March 13, 2017

Advocacy Group Asks Lawmakers To Consider Taxing Sugary Beverages

by Christine Stuart | March 13, 2017 11:30am

Trong Nguyen via Shutterstock HARTFORD, CT — A progressive advocacy group is recommending the Connecticut General Assembly consider a tax on sugary beverages in order to fund a welfare-to-work program that subsidizes child care for low-income families.

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March 10, 2017

Partisan Bickering Over Budget Deadlines Continues

by Christine Stuart | March 10, 2017 6:29am

Christine Stuart / ctnewsjunkie file photo HARTFORD, CT — Democratic Gov. Dannel P. Malloy asked Republican legislative leaders Thursday whether they were truly feeling the urgency they indicated to adopt a state budget and whether they plan to put forward their own proposal.

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March 9, 2017

Local Elected Officials Tell Lawmakers To Take Teacher Pension Shift Off the Table

by Christine Stuart | March 9, 2017 1:07pm

Christine Stuart / ctnewsjunkie HARTFORD, CT — A group of local elected officials said Thursday that it is illegal for Democratic Gov. Dannel P. Malloy to shift about a third of the state’s contributions to the Teacher’s Retirement System to cities and towns.

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March 8, 2017

Gun Owners Are Fired Up For Hearing On Fee Hikes

by Jack Kramer | March 8, 2017 11:20am

ctnewsjunkie file photo HARTFORD, CT - One of the hot button items in Gov. Dannel P. Malloy’s proposed two-year budget - increasing the state portion of the pistol permit fee from $70 to $300 and the initial 5-year pistol permit fee from $140 to $370 - will be the subject of a public hearing Thursday.

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March 7, 2017

Debate On Recreational Marijuana Takes Center Stage

by Jack Kramer | March 7, 2017 3:24pm

Christine Stuart / ctnewsjunkie HARTFORD, CT — Tuesday was “pot day” at the state Capitol. Depending on which room you were in at the Legislative Office Building views on legalizing recreational cannabis couldn’t have been more conflicting.

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March 6, 2017

Malloy, Democratic Leaders Look To Push Back Municipal Budget Deadlines

by Christine Stuart | March 6, 2017 3:04pm

Ctnewsjunkie file photo HARTFORD, CT—Gov. Dannel P. Malloy and Democratic legislative leaders told the head of the largest municipal lobby Monday that they want to see if they can help cities and towns delay their budget process and avoid possibly overtaxing or undertaxing their residents.

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March 3, 2017

Democrats Embrace Tax Exemption Without A Clear Path To Pay For It

by Christine Stuart | March 3, 2017 6:30am

Christine Stuart / ctnewsjunkie HARTFORD, CT—Admitting they have no idea how they are going to pay for it, Senate and House Democrats said Thursday that they want to exempt Social Security income from Connecticut’s income tax.

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