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May 22, 2015

Sharkey Modifies Property Tax Proposal & House Approves

by Christine Stuart | May 22, 2015 1:15am

CTNJ file photo After getting pushback from some members of his caucus, House Speaker Brendan Sharkey toned down a bill that would allow municipalities to tax certain medical facilities and student housing.

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Fate of Expanded Workers’ Compensation Bill Still Uncertain

by Christine Stuart | May 22, 2015 12:26am

Christine Stuart photo The Senate sent a bill to the House that expands workers’ compensation coverage for police and firefighters, but it’s unclear if the lower chamber has the votes to pass it.

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May 20, 2015

Senate Forwards Watered-Down Casino Bill To House

by Christine Stuart | May 20, 2015 11:35pm

Christine Stuart photo A majority of Senators felt that the benefits of allowing Connecticut’s two federally recognized tribes to open up one casino north of Hartford would outweigh the risks recently outlined by Attorney General George Jepsen’s office.

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Teachers Union Asks Lawmakers To Study Impact of SBAC Test

by Christine Stuart | May 20, 2015 12:52pm

Christine Stuart photo The first year of the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium testing isn’t completed, but the state’s largest teachers union is asking state lawmakers to study its continued use as a statewide assessment.

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May 19, 2015

Emergency Services Commissioner Reverses Dispatch Consolidation

by Elizabeth Regan | May 19, 2015 5:30am

Elizabeth Regan What has been described as an expensive, disastrous effort to consolidate state police dispatch operations has come to an end.

Responding to a chorus of complaints from citizens, police, and lawmakers about increased response times and spiraling public confidence, Emergency Services and Public Protection Commissioner Dora Schriro on Monday announced plans to put dispatch operations back to the way they were before the consolidation that began under her predecessor.

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May 18, 2015

OP-ED | Enact a State Budget That Protects Property Taxpayers

by Joe DeLong | May 18, 2015 6:45pm

While other factors have significance, quality of life issues are the most important factors residents and businesses weigh when determining whether to relocate to or remain in a state.

Factors such as quality schools, an educated workforce, safe neighborhoods, reasonable property taxes, and safe and reliable roads and bridges top the list of residents’ and employers’ “must haves.” In addition, all residents believe that laying the foundation for a world-class education, police and fire services, and safe roads are core government services. No government service is placed above them. These are the services towns and cities provide — which is why the state budget and aid to towns and cities is so critical for the future of our state.

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New Poll Suggests Voters Want to Protect The Spending Cap

by Elizabeth Regan | May 18, 2015 3:39pm

Elizabeth Regan A poll released Monday by the Yankee Institute cautions lawmakers running for re-election next year that breaking the spending cap is even less popular than raising taxes.

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May 15, 2015

House Passes Over Property Tax Bill, For Now

by Christine Stuart | May 15, 2015 10:35am

Courtesy of CT-N Early Friday morning the House of Representatives briefly debated — but took no action on —  legislation that would put certain medical facilities and college properties back on the tax rolls.

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May 13, 2015

Top Lawmakers Say More Communication Needed on Bill to Protect Firefighters

by Elizabeth Regan | May 13, 2015 3:06pm

Elizabeth Regan A compromise may be brewing for a bill that would shift the burden of proof to municipalities in worker’s compensation cases involving firefighters with certain cancers.

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May 11, 2015

House Approves Change to Minimum Budget Requirement

by Elizabeth Regan | May 11, 2015 5:30am

Christine Stuart file photo A bill that addresses rising property taxes by giving municipalities more freedom in crafting their education budgets is on its way to the Senate after unanimous approval from the House of Representatives last week.

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