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January 17, 2019

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

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

Increase in Tax Revenues Reduces But Doesn’t Erase Deficits

by Christine Stuart | Jan 15, 2019 11:30pm
Posted to: State Budget | Taxes | State Capitol

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HARTFORD, CT — Three of Connecticut’s largest tax categories saw growth between November and January, which means revenues are expected to come in $464.3 million higher than expected. That’s after $648 million is transferred to the Rainy Day Fund under the volatility cap.

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Lamont Announces Relief for Federal Workers

by Christine Stuart | Jan 15, 2019 8:13pm
Posted to: State Capitol | White House

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HARTFORD, CT —  Gov. Ned Lamont said he was shocked to learn that most of the 1,500 federal workers who live in Connecticut are unable to collect unemployment benefits.

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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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January 14, 2019

Bipartisan Panel on Contested Stratford Election To Interview Witnesses

by Christine Stuart | Jan 14, 2019 5:30am
Posted to: Election 2018 | Election Policy | State Capitol | Stratford

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HARTFORD, CT — A four-member bipartisan committee of the House of Representatives began its review Friday of the contested election in Stratford.

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January 9, 2019

Lamont: ‘Fix This Damn Budget, Once and for All!”

by Christine Stuart and Jack Kramer | Jan 9, 2019 3:52pm
Posted to: State Budget | Taxes | State Capitol

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HARTFORD, CT — In his maiden address to a joint session of the House and the Senate, Gov. Ned Lamont said he didn’t want the next four years to be defined by a fiscal crisis.

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Inauguration Day: Lamont, Bysiewicz, House & Senate All Sworn In

by CTNewsJunkie | Jan 9, 2019 12:50pm
Posted to: Election 2018 | State Capitol

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HARTFORD, CT — Ned Lamont was sworn in as the 89th governor of the state on Wednesday at 12:30 p.m. by former Chief Justice Chase Rogers, a close family friend. Earlier, Lt. Gov. Susan Bysiewicz was sworn in during a ceremony in the state Senate where she will preside.

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Marijuana Legalization Advocates Waste No Time

by Jack Kramer | Jan 9, 2019 10:06am
Posted to: Agriculture | Business | Civil Liberties | Consumer Protection | Public Health | Public Safety | State Budget | Taxes | State Capitol

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HARTFORD, CT — It didn’t take long for proponents of legalizing recreational cannabis to start making their case Wednesday to the newly-convened General Assembly.

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Firmly In the Minority, Republicans Stay On Message

by Christine Stuart | Jan 9, 2019 5:30am
Posted to: Election 2018 | State Budget | State Capitol | Transportation

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HARTFORD, CT — When the 2019 session opens today there will be fewer Republicans than in the past, but that doesn’t mean they are going to change their message.

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