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January 29, 2019

OP-ED | Bills Raised for the 2019 Session: The Good, The Bad, and the Weird

by Susan Bigelow | Jan 29, 2019 6:00am
Posted to: Election Policy | Opinion | Nonprofits | Poverty | State Capitol | Vernon

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The third week of the session has begun, so it’s a good time to see what sorts of things your representatives in Hartford are proposing. For simplicity’s sake, I’ve divided these bills into three categories: good, bad, and … weird.

Let’s dive right in!

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January 19, 2019

Women’s March Smaller In Numbers, But Loud With Its Message

by Jack Kramer | Jan 19, 2019 4:58pm
Posted to: Civil Liberties | Election 2018 | Equality | Health Care | Housing | Public Health | Poverty | Public Safety | State Capitol | White House | Hartford

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HARTFORD, CT — Whether the newness had worn off or concerns about frigid temperatures and the impending snowstorm — or perhaps it was the controversy over the movement’s national organizers — Saturday’s Women’s March didn’t have quite the look or feel of the first one in 2017.

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January 10, 2019

Class Action Lawsuit Seeks Answers About Rides To Doctors

by Christine Stuart | Jan 10, 2019 12:30pm
Posted to: Health Care | Public Health | Disability Care | Elderly Care | Poverty | Norwalk | Thomaston

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HARTFORD, CT —  Six Medicaid recipients filed a class action lawsuit Tuesday against the state Department of Social Services for failing to provide them with timely transportation to their doctor appointments.

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October 22, 2018

Democratic Candidates: Stefanowski’s Position On Minimum Wage Is ‘Radical’

by Christine Stuart | Oct 22, 2018 12:21pm
Posted to: Business | The Economy | Election 2018 | Housing | Jobs | Labor | Poverty | State Budget

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HARTFORD, CT — (Updated 4:15 p.m. ) Democratic candidates say video they found of Republican gubernatorial candidate Bob Stefanowski shows what he really thinks about the minimum wage.

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October 16, 2018

OP-ED | Voters Age 50+ Support the Connecticut Retirement Security Program

by Nora Duncan | Oct 16, 2018 2:23pm
Posted to: Aging | Analysis | Opinion | Poverty

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According to a wide-ranging survey by AARP Research, a large majority of Connecticut voters age 50 and older indicated the candidates’ positions on implementing the Connecticut Retirement Security Program (CRSP) will be important as they cast their votes in the 2018 election. The survey is part of AARP’s “Be The Difference. Vote.™” campaign and continues AARP’s long tradition of nonpartisan voter engagement.

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October 4, 2018

Will Amazon’s Pay Hike Push Connecticut to $15 An Hour Minimum Wage?

by Jack Kramer | Oct 4, 2018 12:10pm
Posted to: Business | The Economy | Election 2018 | Housing | Jobs | Poverty | Taxes

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HARTFORD, CT — Proponents of increasing Connecticut’s minimum wage are hopeful this week’s announcement by Amazon to boost pay for its U.S. employees to $15 an hour will re-energize the movement.

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September 28, 2018

Esty’s Burn Pit Bill Becomes Law

by Peter Urban | Sep 28, 2018 12:53am
Posted to: Civil Liberties | Congress | DC News Junkie | Military Spending | Public Health | Poverty | Public Safety | Veterans Affairs | White House

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Representative Elizabeth Esty was thrilled to see President Donald Trump recently sign into law an appropriations bill that included a measure she has been seeking to help veterans suffering from medical complications due to exposure to toxic burn pits while in the military.

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September 4, 2018

Report: 40 Percent of Connecticut Households Can’t Afford Basic Needs

by Christine Stuart | Sep 4, 2018 4:00am
Posted to: Business | Child Welfare | The Economy | Retail Sector | Nonprofits | Poverty

HARTFORD, CT — Connecticut may be one of the wealthiest states per capita in the nation, but that doesn’t necessarily paint the entire picture.

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July 31, 2018

DOJ Warned of ‘Zero-Tolerance’ Harm to Children

by Peter Urban | Jul 31, 2018 5:02pm
Posted to: US Foreign Policy | Child Welfare | Civil Liberties | Congress | DC News Junkie | Immigration | Poverty | Public Safety | White House

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WASHINGTON — Before launching its “zero-tolerance” policy in April, the Trump Administration was warned that it could do serious harm to children separated from their parents at the border.

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July 13, 2018

DSS Reduces Average Wait To One And A Half Hours

by Christine Stuart | Jul 13, 2018 1:58pm
Posted to: Equality | Health Care | Labor | Legal | Public Health | Elderly Care | Poverty | State Capitol

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HARTFORD, CT — The Department of Social Services average wait time for its call center improved slightly in June to 85 minutes, at the same time as the call abandonment rate increased from 57 to 58 percent.

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