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January 22, 2019

ANALYSIS | Big-Time UConn Athletics Are Bleeding Money; Are They All Worth It?

by Susan Bigelow | Jan 22, 2019 5:00am
Posted to: Analysis | Education | Opinion | Sports | State Budget | Taxes

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There’s a government department where state employees earn eye-popping seven-figure salaries, put out products that are sometimes brilliant but mostly mediocre, and have lately been losing over $40 million each year. If we weren’t talking about University of Connecticut athletics, it’s hard to see how it would ever survive.

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January 21, 2019

OP-ED | Lawmakers Need To Move On Legal Cannabis, Or Cede the Upside

by Terry Cowgill | Jan 21, 2019 5:00am
Posted to: Agriculture | Analysis | Business | Startups | Civil Liberties | Opinion | State Budget | Taxes

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It seems like our culture is changing at breakneck speed before our very eyes. Over the past 25 years, the internet, smartphones, and the information revolution are the most visible reminders of how far we’ve come since the days of afternoon newspapers, letters to the editor, and Walter Cronkite. Moreover, the lightning speed of the shift in attitudes toward the LGBTQ community has left my head spinning.

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January 16, 2019

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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January 15, 2019

OP-ED | Public Service is Great, If You Can Afford It

by Susan Bigelow | Jan 15, 2019 5:15am
Posted to: Analysis | Campaign Finance | Civil Liberties | Congress | Election Policy | Opinion | State Capitol | White House

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Amidst the warm afterglow of Ned Lamont’s inauguration as Connecticut’s 89th governor came the news that the optimistic, amicable cable executive from Greenwich had spent $15 million of his own money to get himself here. His opponent, corporate executive Bob Stefanowski, also tried to buy the governorship but could only afford to pony up a measly $2 million.

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OP-ED | Like Sandy Hook Families, We All Must Fight for Truth in a World of Lies

by Barth Keck | Jan 15, 2019 5:00am
Posted to: Analysis | Child Welfare | Education | Media Matters | Opinion | Public Safety | Newtown

YOUTUBE SCREENGRAB

At time when bullying and hate crimes are on the rise, score one for the good guys.

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January 7, 2019

OP-ED | A Wish List for Governor Lamont and the Incoming Legislature

by Susan Bigelow | Jan 7, 2019 6:17pm
Posted to: Analysis | Opinion

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Okay, so it’s a new year with a new governor and a new-ish legislature. What should they focus on? Here’s a few specifics I’d love to see this session.

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OP-ED | Tired Of Waiting? Demand That Lawmakers Take Action On Plastic Bags

by Terry Cowgill | Jan 7, 2019 5:00am
Posted to: Analysis | Business | Environment | Opinion

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When the 2019 legislative session opens this week at the Capitol, Gov. Ned Lamont and the General Assembly will have their work cut out for them, with a list of critical agenda items a mile long.

Among them: straightening out the state’s finances; proclaiming, both in word and deed, that Connecticut is “open for business”; how to implement highway tolls (we know they’re coming in some form); whether to allow sports betting; whether to legalize recreational marijuana; acting on paid family and medical leave legislation; and weighing the need for stricter gun control measures.

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January 3, 2019

ANALYSIS | Public Health Has A Free Rider Problem

by Ellen Andrews | Jan 3, 2019 5:00am
Posted to: Analysis | Data | Consumer Protection | Health Care | Opinion | Health Care Opinion | Public Health | State Budget | Leisure & Hospital Sector

Public health is the best deal on the planet. It’s how residents of other countries live longer, healthier lives than Americans at half the cost. But Connecticut expects our under-funded public health system to solve this intractable health problem while all the savings go to the inefficient healthcare system that created the problem.

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December 31, 2018

OP-ED | Is It Safe to be Optimistic Yet? Thoughts on the New Year

by Susan Bigelow | Dec 31, 2018 6:30pm
Posted to: Analysis | Opinion | State Budget | State Capitol

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Well, that year certainly did happen. 2018 feels like it packed a century’s worth of politics and news into a very, very long 12 months. Remember the Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea? Yeah. That was this year. Our sense of time, like our sense of reality, has been warped.

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OP-ED | Jahana Hayes: The Ideal Representative for Today’s Changing Times

by Barth Keck | Dec 31, 2018 6:00pm
Posted to: Analysis | Congress | 5th CD | Education | Election 2018 | Opinion | Waterbury

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Come senators, congressmen
Please heed the call
Don’t stand in the doorway
Don’t block up the hall
For he that gets hurt
Will be he who has stalled
There’s a battle outside
And it is ragin’.
It’ll soon shake your windows
And rattle your walls
For the times they are a-changin’.

—Bob Dylan (1964)

If Robert Allen Zimmerman — aka Bob Dylan — thought the times were changing in 1964, he must be looking at today’s times as an absolute transfiguration.

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