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May 4, 2018

OP-ED | Unpacking The Community Colleges Fiasco: To Whom Is NEASC Accountable?

by Terry Cowgill | May 4, 2018 5:29am
Posted to: Analysis | Education | Opinion | Education Opinion | Nonprofits | State Budget | Taxes | State Capitol

Courtesy of Tunxis Community College

It was the last thing anyone wanted to worry about. With our roads and bridges crumbling and Connecticut a step or two away from the the brink of insolvency, officials now have to concern themselves with the viability of the Connecticut’s 12 community colleges.

The decision of the New England Association of Schools and Colleges, a regional accrediting agency, to reject a plan to merge the colleges into one accredited organization has thrown the system into chaos and uncertainty. Click here to read the letter from NEASC’s Commission on Institutions of Higher Learning.

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May 2, 2018

Parties Break Up Over Budget Negotiations

by Christine Stuart | May 2, 2018 3:43pm
Posted to: State Budget | Taxes | State Capitol

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HARTFORD, CT — Democratic and Republican legislative leaders always had a strained relationship, but they’ve made their break up very clear of the past few days.

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May 1, 2018

House Sends Bump Stock Ban to Senate

by Christine Stuart | May 1, 2018 11:52pm
Posted to: Civil Liberties | Courts | Equality | Public Safety | State Capitol

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HARTFORD, CT — Depending on who was speaking during the bump stock debate Tuesday night in the House, the bill was either an attempt to further hinder gun rights or it was a ban on a novelty item that allows guns to fire at a faster rate.

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Speaker Threatens To Go Sine Die

by Christine Stuart | May 1, 2018 3:06pm
Posted to: State Budget | Taxes | State Capitol

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HARTFORD, CT — House Speaker Joe Aresimowicz said if the Republicans don’t begin negotiating the state budget soon, he’s going to adjourn and let all the legislation on the calendar die.

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State Water Plan Stalled Over ‘Public Trust’

by Bhumika Choudhary | May 1, 2018 2:00pm
Posted to: Agriculture | Consumer Protection | Environment | Public Health | State Capitol | Weather

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HARTFORD, CT — Calls for water to be a “public trust” in the first-ever state water plan are receiving new scrutiny from Connecticut’s water companies, and Gov. Dannel P. Malloy is letting them know he’s not budging on the language.

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April 30, 2018

Business Leaders Campaign Against Minimum Wage, FMLA, Sexual Harassment Training

by Jack Kramer | Apr 30, 2018 11:42am
Posted to: Business | The Economy | Labor | State Capitol

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HARTFORD, CT — With the clock ticking toward the end of the General Assembly session, state business leaders Monday urged legislators not to act on a series of bills that they said would hurt Connecticut’s economy.

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April 27, 2018

Female Lawmakers Look To Push Minimum Wage Increase, Other Bills Over Finish Line

by Christine Stuart | Apr 27, 2018 10:00am
Posted to: Business | Civil Liberties | The Economy | Equality | Health Care | Insurance | Jobs | Labor | State Capitol

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HARTFORD, CT — Democratic female lawmakers and their advocates are putting pressure on legislative leadership to get a number of bills that impact women and families over the finish line.

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April 25, 2018

Budget Talks Set To Begin With 2 Weeks To Go

by Christine Stuart | Apr 25, 2018 5:30am
Posted to: Election 2018 | State Budget | Taxes | State Capitol

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HARTFORD, CT — Democrats may have muscled a spending plan through the Appropriations Committee last week, but House Speaker Joe Aresimowicz said he’s not going to fight over which document they should use to start budget negotiations.

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April 20, 2018

Dems Muscle Through Their Spending Plan

by Christine Stuart | Apr 20, 2018 8:48pm
Posted to: State Budget | Taxes | State Capitol

HARTFORD, CT — Democratic lawmakers used their slim majority to push forward a plan to increase spending by $216.7 million Friday, while a Republican proposal died 27-25 in the Appropriations Committee.

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Republicans, Democrats Get Ready To Argue Over April Income Tax Receipts

by Christine Stuart | Apr 20, 2018 5:30am
Posted to: State Budget | Education Cost Sharing | Pensions | Taxes | State Capitol

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HARTFORD, CT — The bean counters at the state Capitol are telling lawmakers that income tax revenues are coming in 46 percent better than initially projected, but it’s unlikely the two parties will agree on exactly what to do with it.

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