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February 14, 2019

Chances of Paid Family Medical Leave Improve

by Christine Stuart | Feb 14, 2019 4:00pm
Posted to: Business | Health Care | Insurance | Jobs | Labor | Manufacturing | Nonprofits

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HARTFORD, CT — It’s the fifth year the Connecticut General Assembly is discussing the creation of a paid Family Medical Leave Trust Fund and the chances it will pass this year were improved by the results of the 2018 election.

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February 12, 2019

Guilford Orchard Pushes For Law to Sell Hard Cider

by Jack Kramer | Feb 12, 2019 1:45pm
Posted to: Agriculture | Business | Guilford

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GUILFORD, CT —It makes no sense to the owner of Bishop’s Orchards that the hard cider he makes on his iconic premises in Guilford can be savored at nearby breweries, but can’t be bought by the glass at his place.

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Lamont Wants To Put Connecticut on ‘Debt Diet’

by Christine Stuart | Feb 12, 2019 9:33am
Posted to: Business | Waterbury

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WATERBURY, CT — Democratic Gov. Ned Lamont told the Greater Waterbury Chamber of Commerce Tuesday morning that Connecticut has been on a bonding binge for the last eight years and it needs to go on a “debt diet.”

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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

Tong Breathes New Life Into Captive Audience Bill

by Christine Stuart | Feb 11, 2019 5:00am
Posted to: Business | Civil Liberties | Labor | Legal

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HARTFORD, CT — With a new attorney general, Connecticut’s Democratic Senators believe they have a better chance of passing legislation that seeks to limit what employers can say to employees in the workplace.

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February 8, 2019

Will Connecticut Become The First State to Ban Energy Drinks Anyone Under 16?

by Jack Kramer | Feb 8, 2019 11:45am
Posted to: Business | Child Welfare | Education | State Capitol

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HARTFORD, CT — Whether Connecticut should be the first state to ban sales of energy drinks to people under 16 years of age was the subject of a legislative hearing Thursday.

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February 5, 2019

Lamont Goes To Prison And Leaves Ready To Recruit More Employers

by Christine Stuart | Feb 5, 2019 5:30am
Posted to: Business | The Economy | Jobs | Juvenile Justice | Cheshire

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CHESHIRE, CT — As he entered the series of locked doors at Cheshire Correctional Institute, Gov. Ned Lamont said Monday’s prison visit was his first.

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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 1, 2019

Taking On Connecticut’s Largest Utility

by Christine Stuart | Feb 1, 2019 5:00am
Posted to: Business | Consumer Protection | Corporate Watch | Energy | Public Safety | Weather | Essex | Energy Sector

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HARTFORD, CT — A freshman lawmaker is wasting no time challenging Connecticut’s largest utility company.

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January 31, 2019

No Minimum Bottle Pricing Debate This Year

by Christine Stuart | Jan 31, 2019 1:33pm
Posted to: Business | The Economy | State Capitol

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HARTFORD, CT — Without a governor that’s taking on the issue, Rep. Michael D’Agostino, who co-chairs the General Law Committee, said there will be no discussion about minimum bottle pricing this year.

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