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June 26, 2018

Republicans In 5th CD Agree On Immigration, Jobs

by John F. Silver | Jun 26, 2018 3:00am
Posted to: Child Welfare | Congress | 5th CD | DC News Junkie | Election 2018 | Immigration | Jobs | Torrington

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TORRINGTON, CT — With the August 14 primary approaching, the biggest hurdle for each of the three Republican candidates in the 5th Congressional District is to get their message out.

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February 23, 2018

OP-ED | New Report Paints Grim Picture For NW Connecticut

by Terry Cowgill | Feb 23, 2018 5:30am
Posted to: Analysis | The Economy | Education | Town News | Goshen | Litchfield | Salisbury | Torrington | Winsted | Jobs | Opinion

It’s not as if we don’t have enough to worry about in my corner of the state. Good-paying unskilled jobs are scarce, thanks to the lack of manufacturing and the predominance of the service-sector economy. Towns struggle to fund essential services and repair infrastructure because of a shrinking tax base and an equally dwindling stream of aid from the state.

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February 19, 2018

With Bonding Capped At $1.9B, Agenda Receives Scrutiny

by Christine Stuart | Feb 19, 2018 2:00pm
Posted to: State Budget | State Capitol | Transportation | Hartford | Torrington

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HARTFORD, CT — The state Bond Commission approved $70 million Friday for investments in a handful of projects and businesses, including a parking garage, a soccer stadium, and a hydroponic vegetable farm in Torrington.

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January 9, 2018

Malloy Administration Says No To $5M for Three Communities

by Christine Stuart | Jan 9, 2018 11:30am
Posted to: Town News | Bridgeport | Hamden | Torrington | State Budget

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HARTFORD, CT — (Updated 4:12 p.m.) The three communities seeking more than $5 million in supplemental vehicle tax payments from the state will have to take their argument to the legislature.

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January 4, 2018

Three Towns Seek Help After Being Shortchanged In State Budget

by Christine Stuart | Jan 4, 2018 5:30am
Posted to: State Budget | Taxes | Bridgeport | Hamden | Torrington

HARTFORD, CT — When the General Assembly passed the new two-year budget in October and then tried to fix it in November, they apparently left three communities holding the bag, so to speak.

Specifically, the legislature failed to modify language that shortchanged Bridgeport, Hamden, and Torrington with respect to reimbursements for local car taxes.

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November 6, 2017

Teachers Union Withdraws Lawsuit Challenging Malloy

by Christine Stuart | Nov 6, 2017 11:30am
Posted to: Courts | Education | Labor | Legal | Brooklyn | Plainfield | Stafford | Torrington

ctnewsjunkie file photo HARTFORD, CT — A few days before their first court date, the Connecticut Education Association and five municipalities withdrew their lawsuit against the state that sought to challenge Gov. Dannel P. Malloy’s executive order.

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October 23, 2017

Fourth Town Joins CEA Lawsuit

by Christine Stuart | Oct 23, 2017 11:07am
Posted to: Courts | Education | State Budget | Education Cost Sharing | Brooklyn | Plainfield | Stratford | Torrington

shutterstock HARTFORD, CT —The Connecticut Education Association added another plaintiff Friday to its lawsuit against Gov. Dannel P. Malloy and his executive order which eliminates education funding for 85 communities and reduces it for another 54.

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October 13, 2017

OP-ED | Connecticut Schools Face Uncertain Future

by Barth Keck | Oct 13, 2017 4:30am
Posted to: Education | Opinion | Education Opinion | State Budget | Education Cost Sharing | Pensions | Brooklyn | Haddam | Killingworth | Plainfield | Torrington

The ongoing state budget mess in Hartford has implications beyond the fiscal fallout at the state level. As my colleague Terry Cowgill outlined last week, the future could be bleak for many of Connecticut’s towns if the state ends up foisting drastic changes upon Connecticut’s public schools.

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July 28, 2017

Budget Stalemate Begins To Take Its Toll

by Christine Stuart | Jul 28, 2017 12:02pm
Posted to: Election 2018 | Town News | Tolland | Torrington | State Budget | Education Cost Sharing | Special Session | Pensions | Taxes | State Capitol

Ctnewsjunkie file photo HARTFORD, CT — House Speaker Joe Aresimowicz said Thursday that if the Senate votes against the labor agreement “then we’ll never have a budget.”

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June 9, 2017

OP-ED | Big Ideas Are Needed to Grow the Economy and Solve the Budget Mess

by Barth Keck | Jun 9, 2017 4:29am
Posted to: Analysis | Business | Economic Development | Workforce Development | The Economy | Energy Sector | Technology sector | Manufacturing Sector | Jobs | State Budget | Danbury | Torrington

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The recent economic news in Connecticut is Dickensian.

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