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January 9, 2018

Malloy Administration Says No To $5M for Three Communities

by Christine Stuart | January 9, 2018 11:30am

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HARTFORD, CT — (Updated 4:12 p.m.) The three communities seeking more than $5 million in supplemental vehicle tax payments from the state will have to take their argument to the legislature.

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January 4, 2018

Three Towns Seek Help After Being Shortchanged In State Budget

by Christine Stuart | January 4, 2018 5:30am


HARTFORD, CT — When the General Assembly passed the new two-year budget in October and then tried to fix it in November, they apparently left three communities holding the bag, so to speak.

Specifically, the legislature failed to modify language that shortchanged Bridgeport, Hamden, and Torrington with respect to reimbursements for local car taxes.

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November 6, 2017

Teachers Union Withdraws Lawsuit Challenging Malloy

by Christine Stuart | November 6, 2017 11:30am

ctnewsjunkie file photo HARTFORD, CT — A few days before their first court date, the Connecticut Education Association and five municipalities withdrew their lawsuit against the state that sought to challenge Gov. Dannel P. Malloy’s executive order.

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October 23, 2017

Fourth Town Joins CEA Lawsuit

by Christine Stuart | October 23, 2017 11:07am

shutterstock HARTFORD, CT —The Connecticut Education Association added another plaintiff Friday to its lawsuit against Gov. Dannel P. Malloy and his executive order which eliminates education funding for 85 communities and reduces it for another 54.

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October 13, 2017

OP-ED | Connecticut Schools Face Uncertain Future

by Barth Keck | October 13, 2017 4:30am

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The ongoing state budget mess in Hartford has implications beyond the fiscal fallout at the state level. As my colleague Terry Cowgill outlined last week, the future could be bleak for many of Connecticut’s towns if the state ends up foisting drastic changes upon Connecticut’s public schools.

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July 28, 2017

Budget Stalemate Begins To Take Its Toll

by Christine Stuart | July 28, 2017 12:02pm

Ctnewsjunkie file photo HARTFORD, CT — House Speaker Joe Aresimowicz said Thursday that if the Senate votes against the labor agreement “then we’ll never have a budget.”

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June 9, 2017

OP-ED | Big Ideas Are Needed to Grow the Economy and Solve the Budget Mess

by Barth Keck | June 9, 2017 4:29am

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The recent economic news in Connecticut is Dickensian.

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February 20, 2017

In Connecticut, Calling for Help Carries Risks for Victims of Domestic Violence

by Sarah Smith, ProPublica | February 20, 2017 5:26am

David “Dee” Delgado for ProPublica Two days after she had fled because of a beating at the hands of her husband, Sanna Dilawar was back at her home in Torrington, Connecticut. She needed to retrieve her breast pump, and she had her 11-week-old daughter with her.

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April 13, 2016

OP-ED | Redux: The Proposed Closing of UConn’s Torrington Campus

by Audrey A. Cole | April 13, 2016 4:00pm

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Almost since its inception in 1965, the main campus in Storrs, Connecticut, has sought to shut down the Torrington campus of the University of Connecticut. Through the years unsupported and disparaging comments from those same faraway administrators would filter back that somehow the university’s regional campus system did not measure up to the academic standards of the main campus in Storrs. Then, suddenly in early March, the people in the Northwestern Connecticut were given a few weeks to react to the impending permanent closing of the Torrington campus, forestalling any attempt to honestly and fairly discuss and dissent from this decision.

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April 1, 2016

OP-ED | Closing of UConn’s Torrington Campus Is Tip of the Proverbial Iceberg

by Terry Cowgill | April 1, 2016 4:30am

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As Rahm Emanuel once said while his boss was trying to get Obamacare passed, “Never let a good crisis go to waste.” And nothing illustrates it better than the recent announcement by University of Connecticut officials that they’re seriously considering closing their Torrington campus as lawmakers desperately seek savings while in the throes of state’s perpetual budget crisis.

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