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May 11, 2018

ANALYSIS | Legislative Triage: The Winners and Losers of the 2018 Session

by Christine Stuart and Jack Kramer | May 11, 2018 9:56am
Posted to: Analysis | Child Welfare | Civil Liberties | Consumer Protection | Corporate Watch | Election Policy | Equality | Gaming | Health Care | Mental Health Care | Immigration | Insurance | Law Enforcement | Labor | Public Health | Poverty | Public Safety | Sports | State Budget | Transportation | Tribes | Veterans Affairs

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HARTFORD, CT—As another session of the General Assembly comes to a close with a mad scramble against the clock, let’s take a look at some of the bills that passed and others that came up short and will be left up to some future legislature and governor to tackle.

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May 7, 2018

Advocates for the Poor Push for Health Insurance Coverage

by Christine Stuart | May 7, 2018 11:15am
Posted to: Health Care | Insurance | Poverty

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HARTFORD, CT — Advocates of the poor, elderly, and working parents stood Saturday in the lobby of the state Capitol and asked for lawmakers to fully restore funding for two health programs: Medicare Savings Program and Husky A for parents.

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May 3, 2018

OP-ED | Take Action on Sexual Assault Evidence Kit Reform Before End of Session

by Laura Cordes and Ilse Knecht | May 3, 2018 9:45pm
Posted to: Equality | Law Enforcement | Opinion | Member Opinion | Public Health | Poverty | Public Safety

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The millions of #MeToo stories illustrate the urgent need to do more to support survivors and remove the barriers that keep victims from reporting or staying involved in the criminal justice system.

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April 24, 2018

ANALYSIS | What Does It Take To Stop Repeating A Bad Idea?

by Ellen Andrews | Apr 24, 2018 12:15pm
Posted to: Analysis | Consumer Protection | Health Care | Mental Health Care | Insurance | Nonprofits | Public Health | Poverty | State Budget

Albert Einstein believed the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over but expecting a different result. Unfortunately, Connecticut policymakers haven’t learned this lesson.

Provider financial risk is a bad idea that has failed both in our state and nationally. Despite this, our ironically-named State Innovation Model (SIM) office is trying again to force it on Connecticut’s struggling health system. Their new twist on the bad idea, to impose it on primary preventive care, is even more dangerous.

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April 13, 2018

OP-ED | Zoning Out: Why Zoning Laws Need Reform

by Susan Bigelow | Apr 13, 2018 5:30am
Posted to: Analysis | Civil Liberties | Equality | Town News | West Hartford | Housing | Opinion | Poverty | Real Estate

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Is your suburb a monotonous, unwalkable, racially segregated misery pit? Is your city an inescapable concentration of poverty and crime, squeezed from all sides by the surrounding towns? Blame America’s bizarrely strict and exclusionary zoning laws.

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April 2, 2018

Few Service Workers In Connecticut Have Predictable Schedules

by Christine Stuart | Apr 2, 2018 11:53am
Posted to: Business | The Economy | Retail Sector | Jobs | Labor | Poverty

Courtesy of the Shift Project at the Institute for Research on Labor and Employment at Berkeley University

HARTFORD, CT — The legislation failed to make it through the committee process, but proponents of predictable scheduling practices aren’t giving up on the concept.

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March 21, 2018

Homecare Contract Approved

by Christine Stuart | Mar 21, 2018 2:08pm
Posted to: The Economy | Election 2018 | Equality | Health Care | Jobs | Labor | Poverty | State Budget

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HARTFORD, CT — Legislation that increases the pay to $16.25 an hour for unionized homecare workers passed the Senate 32-0 and the House 127-16.

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March 6, 2018

Labor, Democratic Lawmakers Call For Predictable Schedules

by Jack Kramer | Mar 6, 2018 1:20pm
Posted to: Business | Jobs | Labor | Poverty

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HARTFORD, CT—A coalition of legislators, activists and workers Tuesday called for the passage of a bill that would eliminate the practice of on-call scheduling for Connecticut’s big box retail, food service, hospitality, and nursing home workers.

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March 2, 2018

DC NEWS JUNKIE | Trump Calls For Action On Gun Safety, Mental Health

by Peter Urban | Mar 2, 2018 6:30am
Posted to: US Foreign Policy | Child Welfare | Civil Liberties | Congress | DC News Junkie | Law Enforcement | National Security | Public Health | Poverty | Public Safety | White House

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President Donald Trump this week called on Congress to swiftly approve “one great piece of legislation” to prevent gun violence during a televised White House meeting with lawmakers that included Connecticut’s Chris Murphy and Elizabeth Esty.

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February 16, 2018

OP-ED | Yes, Both the East Windsor and Bridgeport Casinos are Still Bad Ideas

by Susan Bigelow | Feb 16, 2018 6:30am
Posted to: Analysis | Gaming | Opinion | Public Health | Poverty | Bridgeport | East Windsor

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On Wednesday we got a brief look at the plans for a controversial new casino that the Mashantucket Pequot and Mohegan tribes want to build in East Windsor. They’re not great, but what did you expect?

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