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February 7, 2019

OP-ED | What Prevents Towns From Regionalizing Schools? Mountains of Red Tape

by Lon Seidman | Feb 7, 2019 1:32pm
Posted to: Education | Town News | Chester | Deep River | Essex | Local Politics | State Budget | Taxes

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Some say our proud Yankee mentality in the “land of steady habits” is to blame for our lack of regional school districts.

But a look at current education law suggests otherwise: local voters are more likely rejecting an overly rigid state regionalization law that requires small towns to cede all local fiscal and policy decisions to neighboring larger towns, with no way of ever getting out of the arrangement. And in some cases some towns could end up paying more while neighboring towns pay less. What voter would support that?

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January 28, 2019

Regionalization and Consolidation of School Districts Has Towns on Edge

by Jack Kramer | Jan 28, 2019 5:00am
Posted to: Education | Local Politics | Branford | New Haven | North Branford | Norwalk | Wilton

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HARTFORD, CT — The concept of regionalizing and consolidating school districts to save the cash-strapped state is not a new one, but two new bills pushing the initiative have moved the issue front and center this legislative session.

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January 23, 2019

Nonprofit Community Reiterates Call to Privatize, Clarify Tax Exemptions

by Christine Stuart | Jan 23, 2019 4:24pm
Posted to: Child Welfare | Equality | Housing | Local Politics | Nonprofits | State Budget

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HARTFORD, CT — Connecticut’s nonprofit community is optimistic about the relationship it will have with Gov. Ned Lamont’s administration.

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January 16, 2019

Fiscal Deadlines and Teachers’ Retirement Fund Top Agenda

by Jack Kramer | Jan 16, 2019 12:21pm
Posted to: Town News | Labor | Local Politics | State Budget | Pensions | Taxes

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PLANTSVILLE, CT — The timing of municipal aid and who should be responsible for funding the Teacher Retirement System were primary topics of discussion between legislative leaders and municipal officials at the annual Council of Small Towns (COST) meeting Wednesday.

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January 8, 2019

Tweed Airport, East Hartford Lose Larson To Higher Ed

by Jack Kramer | Jan 8, 2019 5:00am
Posted to: Election 2018 | Local Politics | Transportation | Aviation | East Haven | New Haven

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NEW HAVEN —With its executive director leaving after a decade-long run for a high-level state position, Tweed New Haven-Regional Airport is about to enter another chapter with a yet-to-be-named new leader on board.

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November 8, 2018

Connecticut Continues To Lag In Election Results Reporting

by Christine Stuart | Nov 8, 2018 6:48am
Posted to: Election 2018 | Election Policy | Town News | Local Politics | Media Matters

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HARTFORD, CT — Early Wednesday morning, both the Republican and Democratic gubernatorial campaigns sent their supporters home without knowing the outcome of the election because several towns, including New Haven, had still not reported their results.

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November 5, 2018

The Battleground Races In The General Assembly

by Jack Kramer and Christine Stuart | Nov 5, 2018 10:00am
Posted to: Analysis | Campaign Finance | Election 2018 | Local Politics

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This race for control of Connecticut’s General Assembly appears to have come down to brass knuckles as the election draws to a close on Tuesday.

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August 8, 2018

OP-ED | We’ve Been Here Before: What History Can Teach Us About Our Current Strife

by Barth Keck | Aug 8, 2018 5:00pm
Posted to: Local Politics | Opinion | White House | Haddam

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If you think Haddam Selectman Melissa Schlag’s recent decision to kneel at town meetings during the Pledge of Allegiance was controversial, just imagine if she had decided to give the flag a Nazi salute.

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June 21, 2018

OP-ED | Challenging School Year Begs the Question: Where Are the Adults?

by Barth Keck | Jun 21, 2018 10:00am
Posted to: Education | Local Politics | Opinion | State Budget | Ansonia | Burlington | Seymour

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The school year is winding down now, and what a school year it’s been.

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May 29, 2018

Hamden Mayor Uses Social Media For Tornado Updates

by Jack Kramer | May 29, 2018 3:00am
Posted to: CT Tech Junkie | Local Politics | Media Matters | Public Health | Public Safety | Transparency | Weather | Hamden | Technology sector

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HAMDEN, CT — Municipal leaders are turning to social media more and more these days to directly communicate with constituents. One of those who is best at it is Hamden Mayor Curt Leng, who takes to Facebook generally several times a day to talk issues with Hamdenites.

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