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March 18, 2019

OP-ED | Damage Done By College Admissions Scandal Will Be Wide And Deep

by Terry Cowgill | Mar 18, 2019 5:00am
Posted to: Analysis | Consumer Protection | Education | Equality | Law Enforcement | Opinion

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It was a bizarre variation on a timeless spring ritual. As high school seniors and their parents sat on pins and needles awaiting word from college admissions offices about whether Billy or Suzie got into Yale — or something less — news broke that 50 people in six states were charged by the federal government for being active participants in perhaps the greatest college admissions scandal in the nation’s history, even as the colleges themselves were held harmless.

On the one hand, it’s hardly surprising. It’s an open secret that being wealthy helps on so many levels: from access to healthcare, to preferential treatment by the criminal justice system, to fancy tax shelters. In the realm of education, the wealthy also can afford to hire standardized test tutors. Finally, we also know that legacy preferences are commonplace in college admissions, or that a major gift can grease the skids for entry.

But even by those already low standards, the indictment handed down last week by the U.S. District Court of Massachusetts was stunning in scope and in the specificity of the fraud and racketeering charges it contained — to say nothing of the effrontery of the degenerate schemes.

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March 14, 2019

OP-ED | Gov’t ‘Trade Secret’ Exemptions Are Just Secrecy for the Sake of Secrecy

by Mike Savino | Mar 14, 2019 1:37pm
Posted to: Analysis | Data | FOIA | Sunshine Week | Opinion | State Capitol | Transparency

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I would be remiss if I let Sunshine Week pass without calling for an end to one of the least transparent practices going — trade secret exemptions for state agencies.

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March 11, 2019

OP-ED | A Grab Bag of Gripes: Normalized Lying, Social-Media Shenanigans & Politicized Pensions

by Barth Keck | Mar 11, 2019 5:00am
Posted to: Analysis | Education | Local Politics | Media Matters | Opinion | State Budget | Pensions

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As an avid news consumer and political junkie, I feel increasingly overwhelmed by all the news and all the political “junk.” As a matter of fact, I’m simply tired of it all.

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March 5, 2019

OP-ED | Town-Based School Districts Are a Legacy of the Racist Past: It’s Time for Them to Go

by Susan Bigelow | Mar 5, 2019 6:00am
Posted to: Analysis | Child Welfare | Civil Liberties | Education | Equality | Town News | Opinion | Education Opinion

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Recently, leaders in the legislature proposed bills urging consolidation of certain smaller school districts. The backlash was as telling as it was immediate and fierce: threatening the high-achievement school systems that so many people worked so hard to buy their way into is like touching a live wire.

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March 4, 2019

OP-ED | On Alcohol, Stodgy Connecticut Should Let The Market Breathe Free

by Terry Cowgill | Mar 4, 2019 6:00am
Posted to: Analysis | Business | Consumer Protection | Equality | Opinion | Retail Sector

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The election of the amiable Ned Lamont as governor and an enhanced Democratic majority in the General Assembly has certainly brought a new attitude to Hartford — a breath of fresh air, some might say, that swept away the irritable vibe of the self-described porcupine, Dannel Malloy.

Yet it seems some things never change. Percolating beneath the roiling waters of tolls, taxes, plastic bags, and forced school regionalization is the question of what to do with Connecticut’s vices. This discussion has been going on, well, at least since Thomas Hooker led a group of Puritans to Connecticut from the Massachusetts Bay Colony in 1636.

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February 27, 2019

OP-ED | The Painful Reality Of Having Few Good Choices

by Susan Bigelow | Feb 27, 2019 6:00am
Posted to: Analysis | Economic Development | Opinion | State Budget | Taxes | State Capitol | Transportation | Trade, Transportation, Utilities Sector

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Welcome, Ned Lamont, to Dan Malloy’s life. Well, not his current life, he’s doing some kind of cool visiting professorship deal up in Boston, but the life he led from 2011 to a little over a month ago in which he was forced to make endless miserable budget decisions and, as a reward, be the least popular governor in the entire country.

That is now you. Congrats, I guess.

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February 26, 2019

OP-ED | Two Proposed Bills Address Climate Change; Scientists Endorse One of Them

by Barth Keck | Feb 26, 2019 6:00am
Posted to: Analysis | Education | Environment | Opinion | State Capitol | Chester | Thomaston

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Climate change is among the multiple issues addressed in this year’s lengthy slate of proposed bills — and not for the first time.

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February 19, 2019

Healthcare Forum: Would A Public Option Help Connecticut?

by CTNewsJunkie | Feb 19, 2019 12:31am
Posted to: Analysis | Events | Health Care | Mental Health Care | Insurance | Opinion | Public Health | State Capitol | Hartford

This is the second CTNewsJunkie policy forum to bring together policymakers and experts to explore potential policy benefits and risks.

Join us Thursday, Feb. 21 at 10 a.m. at the state Capitol. We have reserved Room 310 in the state Capitol building, and while CTNewsJunkie members will have the option to reserve seats up front, all are welcome.

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February 18, 2019

OP-ED | Lucy’s Football And Organizing Au Courant

by Terry Cowgill | Feb 18, 2019 6:00am
Posted to: Analysis | Opinion | State Budget | Taxes | State Capitol | Transportation

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Won’t we Nutmeggers ever learn? Our leaders run for higher office promising not to raise certain taxes during an economic crisis. We either believe them or we shrug and assume that lying to us is something we deserve.

My first recollection of this phenomenon was almost 30 years ago. In his campaign for governor in 1990, Lowell Weicker turned a promise on its head, vowing no change to Connecticut’s position as one of only two New England states without a personal income tax. After winning, he promptly did his best imitation of Dana Carvey’s Church Lady: “Never mind.”

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February 12, 2019

ANALYSIS | Lamont’s Strong Medicine Comes With Sugar

by Susan Bigelow | Feb 12, 2019 5:59am
Posted to: Analysis | Business | The Economy | Jobs | Opinion | State Budget | Taxes | State Capitol | Transportation | DMV

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Next Wednesday, Gov. Ned Lamont will be sharing his full budget plan in a speech to the General Assembly, but on Monday we got a little preview of what that might entail in a serious-yet-optimistic open letter the governor sent the people of Connecticut.

In that letter, Lamont warned people to “temper your enthusiasm” about this year’s budget surplus, citing as dangers both fixed costs and the possibility of another economic downturn.

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