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March 9, 2018

Hundreds Turn Out In Support of Bill To Prohibit Question About Country of Origin

by Christine Stuart | Mar 9, 2018 11:00am
Posted to: Education | Transparency

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HARTFORD, CT — There was never any indication Connecticut education officials would seek to disaggregate country-of-origin data for Asian Americans, but Lin Yang and hundreds of other Connecticut residents weren’t taking any chances.

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OP-ED | The Bizarre Bigazzi Case: Someone at UConn Dropped The Ball

by Terry Cowgill | Mar 9, 2018 6:30am
Posted to: Analysis | Education | Law Enforcement | Opinion | State Budget | Transparency | Burlington

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It has got to be one of the strangest murder cases in Connecticut history. I’d say it rivals the infamous 1986 wood-chipper murder, which thrust the state into the national media after a Newtown flight attendant disappeared and her husband was eventually convicted of the murder even though her body was never found.

In the bizarre case of University of Connecticut Health Center Prof. Pierluigi Bigazzi, we have a body and it seems pretty clear how he was killed and by whom. The mystery lies in why UConn officials were so slow to react when Bigazzi became incommunicado and why they continued to pay his generous salary until his wife was arrested at their Burlington home on Feb. 5, seven months after anyone at the university had heard from him.

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March 1, 2018

Commission Calls For Reduction In Taxes, End to Collective Bargaining For Benefits

by Christine Stuart | Mar 1, 2018 3:47pm
Posted to: The Economy | State Budget | Pensions | Taxes | State Capitol | Transparency

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HARTFORD, CT — The 14-member Commission on Fiscal Stability and Economic Growth made 10 recommendations Thursday, including a reduction in income taxes, an increase in sales and corporation taxes, a $1 billion reduction in annual operating expenses, and an end to collective bargaining for benefits.

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Committee Seeks To Retain Public Access To Commission

by Christine Stuart | Mar 1, 2018 6:30am
Posted to: Business | State Budget | Taxes | State Capitol | Transparency

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HARTFORD, CT — Lawmakers will get their first look at the recommendations from the Commission on Fiscal Stability and Economic Growth on Thursday afternoon, but some want to know more about how the commission arrived at its conclusions.

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February 15, 2018

Fiscal Commission Creates Its Own Nonprofit

by Christine Stuart | Feb 15, 2018 6:29am
Posted to: Nonprofits | State Budget | Transparency

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HARTFORD, CT — When the General Assembly created a 14-member commission to study Connecticut’s fiscal stability and gave it a three-month window in which to complete their mission, it didn’t provide any funding to get the job done.

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December 8, 2017

Sex Harassment Rocks Congress; Gov’t Shutdown Averted For Now; Gun Safety Fight to Continue

by Peter Urban | Dec 8, 2017 1:38pm
Posted to: Congress | DC News Junkie | Election 2018 | Equality | Federal Budget | Health Care | Law Enforcement | Public Health | Public Safety | Transparency | White House

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In a week that saw the #MeToo “Silence Breakers” recognized as Time Magazine’s Person of the Year, three members of Congress announced their resignations after each had been accused of inappropriate sexual behavior in the past.

Most notably was Minnesota Senator Al Franken, who announced his decision to resign Thursday on the Senate floor.

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November 17, 2017

OP-ED | In Era of Mass Murder, Second Amendment Advocate An Unlikely Hero

by Terry Cowgill | Nov 17, 2017 6:30am
Posted to: Analysis | Civil Liberties | FOIA | Law Enforcement | Legal | Opinion | Public Safety | Transparency | West Hartford

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Few things are more painful to me than the abuse of power, or incompetence in the execution of that power. The consequences for those affected by such malfeasance and clumsiness are so great as to demand a sense of outrage from us all.

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November 15, 2017

Senator Asks For Hearing On Future of CT-N

by Jack Kramer | Nov 15, 2017 6:30am
Posted to: Media Matters | State Budget | State Capitol | Transparency

ctnewsjunkie file photo HARTFORD, CT — Sen. Beth Bye, D-West Hartford, is asking that the legislature hold meetings and a public hearing on the future of the Connecticut Television Network, but the Democratic and Republican leaders of the Senate Tuesday said they have no immediate plans to do so.

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November 13, 2017

CT-N Back On The Air

by Christine Stuart | Nov 13, 2017 1:30pm
Posted to: FOIA | Media Matters | State Budget | State Capitol | Transparency

Christine Stuart / ctnewsjunkie photo HARTFORD, CT — It’s been in reruns since Nov. 2, but the Connecticut Television Network was back on the air and streaming live at CT-N.com Monday morning.

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November 2, 2017

It’s Lights Out For The Nonprofit Operator of CT-N

by Christine Stuart | Nov 2, 2017 11:24pm
Posted to: Media Matters | State Budget | State Capitol | Transparency

HARTFORD, CT — After a few tense days of back-and-forth negotiations, the nonprofit Connecticut Public Affairs Network (CPAN) said it will cease operations of the Connecticut Television Network at 5 p.m. Friday.

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