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March 21, 2019

Federal Government Paves The Way for Tribal Winds Casino

by Jack Kramer | Mar 21, 2019 2:24pm
Posted to: Congress | Gaming | Town News | Bridgeport | East Windsor | State Budget | Taxes | Tribes | White House

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HARTFORD, CT — A third casino in Connecticut could be open in 18 to 24 months as the Department of Interior Bureau of Indian Affairs has officially signed off on amendments to Indian gaming agreements that pave the way for an East Windsor casino.

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Governor’s Paid FMLA Bill Headed to Senate

by Christine Stuart | Mar 21, 2019 1:47pm
Posted to: Business | Economic Development | The Economy | Health Care | Jobs | Labor

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HARTFORD, CT — Gov. Ned Lamont told business leaders Wednesday that paid Family Medical Leave was going to pass, and on Thursday the Labor and Public Employees Committee forwarded his bill to the Senate.

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Resolution Calling for Changes to Connecticut’s Constitution Advances

by Christine Stuart | Mar 21, 2019 10:31am
Posted to: Election Policy

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HARTFORD, CT — The General Administration and Elections Committee voted along party lines Wednesday to advance a resolution that would change Connecticut’s constitution to allow for early and no-excuse absentee voting.

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March 20, 2019

Committee Passage of Safe Gun Storage Bill Is A ‘Bittersweet’ Moment

by Jack Kramer | Mar 20, 2019 6:15pm
Posted to: Civil Liberties | Education | Law Enforcement | Public Health | Public Safety | Guilford

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HARTFORD, CT — The legislation named after a Guilford teenager who accidentally killed himself with a gun while at a friend’s house in January of 2018 passed the Judiciary Committee 34-4 Wednesday with bipartisan support.

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Transportation Committee Advances 3 Toll Bills

by Christine Stuart | Mar 20, 2019 6:04pm
Posted to: Business | State Budget | Taxes | Transportation

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HARTFORD, CT — A key legislative committee passed three bills that pave the way for electronic tolling in Connecticut after three hours of debate Wednesday. All three bills passed 23-13 along party lines.

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Lamont Backs Off ‘Forced’ School Consolidation; Needleman Pitches Bill to Allow Easier Cooperation

by Jack Kramer | Mar 20, 2019 1:00pm
Posted to: Education | Town News | Essex | Local Politics

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HARTFORD, CT — Gov. Ned Lamont Wednesday submitted new legislation that backs off his earlier call for penalties for school districts that fail to regionalize some of their back-office services, and would instead use construction bonds to incentivize schools to share services and cut costs.

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Collective Bargaining, Inmate Medical Care Driving Increase In Correction Budget

by Lisa Backus | Mar 20, 2019 11:17am
Posted to: Health Care | Labor | State Budget

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On the campaign trail savings from the Department of Correction were supposed to help Gov. Ned Lamont pay for a property tax credit for the middle class, but in his first two-year budget proposal, spending on the agency would increase $35 million.

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Committee Takes First Step Toward Public Option

by Christine Stuart | Mar 20, 2019 5:00am
Posted to: Business | Health Care | Insurance | Public Health

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HARTFORD, CT — Some are hoping the legislation that the Insurance and Real Estate Committee passed Tuesday will make Connecticut the first state in the nation to approve a public option.

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March 19, 2019

Wall Street Upgrades Outlook On Connecticut Bonds

by Christine Stuart | Mar 19, 2019 10:16pm
Posted to: State Budget | Wall Street

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HARTFORD, CT — It’s only been 18 years since this last happened, but a Wall Street rating agency upgraded its outlook on Connecticut’s general obligation bonds this week.

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Public Safety Committee Forwards Gaming Bills to House, Senate

by Jack Kramer | Mar 19, 2019 5:30pm
Posted to: Gaming | Tribes | Bridgeport | East Windsor

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HARTFORD, CT — The Public Safety and Security Committee passed a number of gaming bills Tuesday including one that would allow sports betting in Connecticut and others that pave the way for more casinos.

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