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September 18, 2018

OP-ED | For UConn And Coach Ollie, Now’s The Time To Settle, Save Face, And Move On

by Ken Krayeske | Sep 18, 2018 2:13pm
Posted to: Analysis | Education | Legal | Opinion | Sports | State Budget

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A fairy-tale ending in the feud between UConn and former men’s basketball head coach Kevin Ollie would pay Ollie between half of the $10 million contract he is owed and use the remaining $5 million to seed the Kevin Ollie Academy, a new elementary school in Hartford.

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September 13, 2018

OP-ED | In Search Of The Perfect Tax - And A Realistic Strategy

by Terry Cowgill | Sep 13, 2018 4:21pm
Posted to: Analysis | Opinion | State Budget | Pensions | Taxes

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No matter who wins the governor’s race, the elusive search for revenue to close a projected $4.6 billion two-year deficit will commence the next day, or as soon as the victor recovers from his hangover.

Pay no attention to the Stefanowski behind the curtain. Yes, that must have been where Bob Stefanowski was hiding during the first gubernatorial debate last Wednesday. Maybe he had a good reason.

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OP-ED | Bob and Ned Went Toe to Toe. So?

by Susan Bigelow | Sep 13, 2018 3:59am
Posted to: Analysis | Election 2018 | Opinion

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Ned Lamont and Bob Stefanowski met for their first debate on Wednesday night, and both men dug in like blue crabs in wet sand. But how much does it really matter?

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September 10, 2018

OP-ED | Health Disparities Are Real and New Payment Schemes Are Probably Making Them Worse

by Ellen Andrews | Sep 10, 2018 11:05pm
Posted to: Opinion | Health Care Opinion

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Connecticut is a very healthy place; we rank fifth healthiest among states. But not all state residents share in that good fortune; too many suffer from health inequities. Good people across the state are doing important work promoting better health for everyone. However some emerging policies, both government and private sector, are working at cross purposes to those efforts.

The chief policy risk to health equity is provider risk — the latest shiny new thing in how we pay for healthcare.

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September 7, 2018

OP-ED | Oh, It Can Still Get Much Worse

by Susan Bigelow | Sep 7, 2018 4:00am
Posted to: Analysis | US Foreign Policy | Congress | Courts | Opinion | White House

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This is one of those weeks in which I’m amazed we’re not all out in the streets, shouting our heads off for the preservation of democracy and the republic. I guess we really do get the government we deserve.

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OP-ED | Schools Need Support and Compassion, Not DeVos’ Guns

by Barth Keck | Sep 7, 2018 4:00am
Posted to: Analysis | Child Welfare | Congress | Education | Opinion | Public Health | Public Safety | Burlington | Newtown | West Hartford | Windsor

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U.S Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos decided late this summer to allow schools to use taxpayer dollars to buy guns for teachers. Senator Chris Murphy responded with an amendment to the 2019 appropriations bill to halt DeVos’ idea.

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September 3, 2018

OP-ED | Who Will Celebrate Labor Day In 2034?

by Leo Canty and James Hughes | Sep 3, 2018 11:36am
Posted to: Analysis | Business | The Economy | Technology sector | Jobs | Labor | Opinion

EDITOR’S NOTE: This op-ed was originally posted Aug 29, 2014.

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For more than 100 years workers and their unions have designated a day to parade and celebrate labor, working people, the jobs they do and advances they have made. Over that time, the nature of that work has transformed dramatically from farms and factories to offices and cubicles.

Those changes were hard on many as they fell by the wayside in the struggle to keep up with the need to improve skills and fit into the next level. But as hard as it was for some, the transition we will all soon face will be much faster and wilder and more difficult to keep up with than most will ever imagine.

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August 31, 2018

OP-ED | Your Tax Plan is Bad: 2018 Edition

by Susan Bigelow | Aug 31, 2018 4:00am
Posted to: Analysis | The Economy | Election 2018 | Insurance | Manufacturing | Military Spending | Opinion

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It’s election season again, and so it’s time to save our state with new and innovative tax plans from our gubernatorial candidates. It certainly isn’t time to recycle stale ideas from the past or propose unrealistic nonsense!

Yeah, you know where this is going.

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August 30, 2018

OP-ED | Major Party Candidates For Governor Inspire Little Confidence

by Terry Cowgill | Aug 30, 2018 3:10pm
Posted to: Analysis | Election 2018 | Election Policy | Opinion

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The release of the most recent Q-poll on this year’s statewide races in Connecticut was much anticipated, in part because Quinnipiac University seemed to have largely backed away from polling in its home state. But also because the lower you get on the food chain, the fewer polls there seem to be.

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August 29, 2018

OP-ED | Connecticut’s Achievement Gap Persists into Post-Secondary

by John J. Petillo | Aug 29, 2018 11:20pm
Posted to: Opinion | Education Opinion

In what should not come as a shock to anyone, Connecticut is failing to meet the educational needs of its minority and economically underprivileged students when it comes to college preparation and degree completion. And that failure is going to have long-term consequences when it comes to hiring and retaining workers in our state, attracting new businesses or keeping companies and organizations from fleeing to more business-friendly states with larger, better-prepared talent pools.

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