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February 18, 2019

Healthcare Forum: Would A Public Option Help Connecticut?

by CTNewsJunkie | Feb 18, 2019 11:31pm
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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OP-ED | Lucy’s Football And Organizing Au Courant

by Terry Cowgill | Feb 18, 2019 5:00am
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 4:59am
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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February 11, 2019

OP-ED | What the Patriots Teach Us about ‘Team’

by Barth Keck | Feb 11, 2019 5:05am
Posted to: Analysis | Congress | Opinion | Sports | State Budget | State Capitol

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American sports are popular largely for their ability to transcend politics, class, and race. I think of a scene in Major League, the 1989 film that imagines the Cleveland Indians defeating the New York Yankees for the American League East title.

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February 5, 2019

OP-ED | Dems Take the Safe Road

by Susan Bigelow | Feb 5, 2019 5:00am
Posted to: Analysis | Business | The Economy | Education | Opinion | State Budget | Transportation

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After all that, after an election in which Connecticut’s legislative Democrats were supposed to get wiped out but were saved by the gross political incompetence of the president, after a miraculous second chance to put the state on the right path, we get a list of legislative priorities that’s weaker tea than Lipton mixed with dishwater.

Oh well. I guess some things don’t change.

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February 4, 2019

OP-ED | Proposal For Forced School Consolidation A Nonstarter

by Terry Cowgill | Feb 4, 2019 5:15am
Posted to: Analysis | Education | Opinion | Education Opinion | State Budget | Taxes | State Capitol

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If there’s one thing I’ve learned from covering local and state government on and off for the last 23 years, it’s that breaking up fiefdoms is a terribly difficult thing to do. And nowhere is that simple truth more evident than in the reaction to a couple of bills floating around the Capitol that propose to force smaller school districts to consolidate with larger ones.

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January 30, 2019

OP-ED | Keeping an Eye on Regionalization, Charter Schools, and Other Education Issues

by Barth Keck | Jan 30, 2019 5:00am
Posted to: Analysis | Campaign Finance | Education | Election 2016 | Election 2017 | Election 2018 | Opinion | State Capitol | Danbury | Hartford | New Haven | Norwalk

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Another year, another wave of proposed laws. As a teacher, I’m always interested in how new laws might affect schools. Two specific proposals caught my eye.

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January 24, 2019

OP-ED | CCSU Report Illustrates Why Connecticut’s FOI Law Is Only As Good As Its Exemptions

by Mike Savino | Jan 24, 2019 3:02pm
Posted to: Analysis | Education | Labor | Legal | Media Matters | State Capitol | Transparency | New Britain

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A report from outside investigators this week detailing former students’ complaints of sexual misconduct against two Central Connecticut State University professors — and the university’s failure to take corrective action — highlights a blind spot in Connecticut’s Freedom of Information law.

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January 22, 2019

ANALYSIS | Big-Time UConn Athletics Are Bleeding Money; Are They All Worth It?

by Susan Bigelow | Jan 22, 2019 5:00am
Posted to: Analysis | Education | Opinion | Sports | State Budget | Taxes

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There’s a government department where state employees earn eye-popping seven-figure salaries, put out products that are sometimes brilliant but mostly mediocre, and have lately been losing over $40 million each year. If we weren’t talking about University of Connecticut athletics, it’s hard to see how it would ever survive.

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January 21, 2019

OP-ED | Lawmakers Need To Move On Legal Cannabis, Or Cede the Upside

by Terry Cowgill | Jan 21, 2019 5:00am
Posted to: Agriculture | Analysis | Business | Startups | Civil Liberties | Opinion | State Budget | Taxes

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It seems like our culture is changing at breakneck speed before our very eyes. Over the past 25 years, the internet, smartphones, and the information revolution are the most visible reminders of how far we’ve come since the days of afternoon newspapers, letters to the editor, and Walter Cronkite. Moreover, the lightning speed of the shift in attitudes toward the LGBTQ community has left my head spinning.

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