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January 18, 2019

Bill Named After Guilford Teen Now Has Federal Version

by Jack Kramer | Jan 18, 2019 2:30pm
Posted to: Law Enforcement | Public Safety | Guilford

Courtesy of the Song family

GUILFORD, CT — On Friday, the day before Ethan Song would have turned 16, his parents were joined by U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal, state Rep. Sean Scanlon, D-Guilford, and dozens of supporters to announce new federal safe gun storage legislation.

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Child Care Providers Wait for Payments as State Transitions to New Care4Kids Computer System

by Christine Stuart | Jan 18, 2019 10:55am
Posted to: Child Welfare

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Child care workers across the state feel like they’re part of the federal government shutdown because they also haven’t been receiving pay for services they’re providing.

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Inspector General Says GSA Wrongly Ignored Constitutional Questions Over Trump Hotel Lease

by Peter Urban | Jan 18, 2019 5:00am
Posted to: International Trade | Congress | DC News Junkie | White House

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WASHINGTON — The Inspector General for the General Services Administration this week raised questions about the GSA’s management of its lease of the Old Post Office Building to the Trump International Hotel since President Donald Trump took office.

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January 17, 2019

Coalition Backs Legislation To End Discrimination and Increase Prosecutorial Transparency

by Christine Stuart | Jan 17, 2019 4:30pm
Posted to: Courts | Housing | Jobs | Juvenile Justice | Law Enforcement | Legal | Public Safety | Transparency

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HARTFORD, CT — The ACLU’s Smart Justice coalition, which is led by formerly incarcerated individuals, wants the Connecticut General Assembly to pass legislation that will increase prosecutorial transparency and another that would end discrimination of formerly incarcerated individuals.

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Blumenthal Continues To Push For Unemployment Compensation for Federal Workers

by Jack Kramer | Jan 17, 2019 12:15pm
Posted to: Congress | DC News Junkie | Public Safety | Transportation | BDL

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HARTFORD, CT — Surrounded by federal workers who cannot collect unemployment because they have been called back to work, U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal called Thursday for an end to the practice.

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Enrollment in Access Health Dips By Over 3,000

by Christine Stuart | Jan 17, 2019 11:16am
Posted to: Health Care | Insurance

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EAST HARTFORD, CT — Enrollment in Connecticut’s health exchange dropped this year to 111,066 enrollees, which is 3,068 fewer enrollees than last year.

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Call To Ban Certain Plastics Grows Louder

by Jack Kramer | Jan 17, 2019 5:00am
Posted to: Business | Environment | State Capitol | Hamden

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HARTFORD, CT — Trying to capitalize on the growing momentum against single-use plastic bags across Connecticut, proponents have submitted two bills to the General Assembly this week: one that would ban them, and another that would require retailers charge a fee for each bag.

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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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VIDEO: The Squeeze Is On: The Next State Budget

by CTNewsJunkie | Jan 16, 2019 9:51am
Posted to: Opinion | Live Broadcast | State Budget | Pensions | Taxes | State Capitol

CTNewsJunkie’s first policy panel discussion of 2019, The Squeeze Is On: The Next State Budget, featured as panelists State Comptroller Kevin Lembo, Connecticut School Finance Project Executive Director Katie Roy, and Deputy House Minority Leader Vincent Candelora with CTNewsJunkie’s Christine Stuart as moderator.

This event was made possible through the sponsorship of Dominion Energy and host reSETco.org (the Social Enterprise Trust) — Hartford’s first co-working space.

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Lamont’s First Meeting With Labor Focuses On Unfunded Pension Liabilities

by Christine Stuart | Jan 16, 2019 5:00am

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HARTFORD, CT — Labor leaders from across the state made their way to the governor’s residence in Hartford for their first discussion with Democratic Gov. Ned Lamont Tuesday.

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