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March 15, 2019

Minimum Wage, Captive Audience, Public Option Bills Pass Labor

by Christine Stuart | Mar 15, 2019 9:59am
Posted to: Civil Liberties | Health Care | Insurance | Jobs | Labor | State Capitol

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HARTFORD, CT —Three significant bills were passed out of committee Thursday: a minimum wage increase, limits on what employers can say to employees in the workplace, and the creation of a public health insurance option for small businesses.

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March 8, 2019

Court Recording Monitors Fear Job Loss With Outsourcing in Bill

by Lisa Backus | Mar 8, 2019 6:00am
Posted to: Courts | Jobs | Labor | Legal | State Budget | State Capitol

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While both sides agree that integrity matters when it comes to the accurate and timely transcription of court proceedings, the state’s court recording monitors are protesting what they believe is a move by Judicial Branch officials to outsource their jobs.

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March 7, 2019

Democratic Majority Gives Advocates Hope For Path To $15 Minimum Wage

by Jack Kramer | Mar 7, 2019 6:00pm
Posted to: Jobs | Labor

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HARTFORD, CT —The legislature’s expanded Democratic majority had advocates in favor of raising the minimum wage to $15 an hour buzzing with excitement Thursday.

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February 28, 2019

Lamont Asks The Business Community For Help Selling Connecticut

by Christine Stuart | Feb 28, 2019 11:48am
Posted to: Business | The Economy | Jobs | Transportation

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HARTFORD, CT — Gov. Ned Lamont asked more than 300 business executives Thursday for their help recruiting businesses and getting the legislature to embrace tolls.

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February 26, 2019

Dozens Call for an End to Discrimination Against the Formerly Incarcerated

by Lisa Backus | Feb 26, 2019 6:34pm
Posted to: Equality | Housing | Jobs | Labor | Public Safety

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HARTFORD, CT — Tiheba Bain has dual Bachelor’s degrees in Psychology and Women in Criminal Justice.

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February 15, 2019

Independent Living Centers Pitch Bysiewicz On Funding

by Christine Stuart | Feb 15, 2019 2:11pm
Posted to: The Economy | Equality | Health Care | Jobs | Nonprofits | Public Health | Disability Care | State Budget | Hartford

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HARTFORD, CT — Days before Gov. Ned Lamont’s first budget is unveiled a small group of advocates who help individuals with disabilities live independently met with his number two.

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February 14, 2019

Chances of Paid Family Medical Leave Improve

by Christine Stuart | Feb 14, 2019 5:00pm
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

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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February 5, 2019

Lamont Goes To Prison And Leaves Ready To Recruit More Employers

by Christine Stuart | Feb 5, 2019 6:30am
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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February 4, 2019

Minimum Wage Hike, Paid FMLA Are Democratic Priorities

by Jack Kramer | Feb 4, 2019 5:22pm
Posted to: The Economy | Jobs | Labor | State Capitol

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HARTFORD, CT — Bolstered by an election that put them firmly in control of the Senate and House, Democrats Tuesday came out in support of 10 bills, including a $15 minimum wage and paid family medical leave.

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