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February 15, 2019

Lawmakers Hear Testimony on Bill to Ban Artificial Turf Playing Fields

by Jack Kramer | Feb 15, 2019 5:05pm
Posted to: Child Welfare | Education | Environment | Town News | Public Health | Sports

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HARTFORD, CT — A bill that would prohibit the state and its municipalities from purchasing and using artificial turf on playing fields was the subject of a public hearing Friday before the Environment Committee.

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February 7, 2019

OP-ED | What Prevents Towns From Regionalizing Schools? Mountains of Red Tape

by Lon Seidman | Feb 7, 2019 1:32pm
Posted to: Education | Town News | Chester | Deep River | Essex | Local Politics | Opinion | Education Opinion | State Budget | Taxes

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Some say our proud Yankee mentality in the “land of steady habits” is to blame for our lack of regional school districts.

But a look at current education law suggests otherwise: local voters are more likely rejecting an overly rigid state regionalization law that requires small towns to cede all local fiscal and policy decisions to neighboring larger towns, with no way of ever getting out of the arrangement. And in some cases some towns could end up paying more while neighboring towns pay less. What voter would support that?

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January 30, 2019

Speaker Won’t End Conversation On Taxes and Regionalization

by Christine Stuart | Jan 30, 2019 1:49pm
Posted to: Education | Town News | Taxes | State Capitol

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HARTFORD, CT — The phones to Gov. Ned Lamont’s office were ringing off the hook Wednesday with calls from constituents upset over the idea of adding a sales tax to groceries, which are currently exempt.

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January 16, 2019

Fiscal Deadlines and Teachers’ Retirement Fund Top Agenda

by Jack Kramer | Jan 16, 2019 12:21pm
Posted to: Town News | Labor | Local Politics | State Budget | Pensions | Taxes

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PLANTSVILLE, CT — The timing of municipal aid and who should be responsible for funding the Teacher Retirement System were primary topics of discussion between legislative leaders and municipal officials at the annual Council of Small Towns (COST) meeting Wednesday.

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December 12, 2018

State Doubles Medical Marijuana Dispensaries To Meet Need

by Jack Kramer | Dec 12, 2018 5:30am
Posted to: Agriculture | The Economy | Town News | Groton | Mansfield-Storrs | Meriden | New Haven | Newington | Stamford | Torrington | Westport | Windham

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HARTFORD, CT — There will be nine new dispensaries in New Haven, Westport, Stamford, Torrington, Meriden, Groton, Newington, Mansfield, and Windham to serve the state’s growing medical marijuana program.

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December 10, 2018

Questions Linger About Who Will Lead Democratic Party’s Political Operation

by Christine Stuart | Dec 10, 2018 8:28pm
Posted to: Election 2018 | Town News | Hartford | Convention Center | State Capitol

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HARTFORD, CT — There was no keynote speaker at the Democratic Party’s biggest fundraiser of the year, but maybe it wasn’t necessary.

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December 5, 2018

OP-ED | State Mandates: Fiscal Note Impact Not ‘Potential Minimal’

by Michael Freda | Dec 5, 2018 4:55pm
Posted to: Town News | North Haven | Opinion | State Budget

With the election over, and the House and Senate ready to open the legislative session in just over two months, the Connecticut Conference of Municipalities (CCM) is ready to start looking what challenges lay ahead for the state of Connecticut, and how that will affect the municipalities.

Unfunded mandates are of perennial concern — we released a primer on the topic in the lead-up to the election, and introduced the topic during the final gubernatorial debate. CCM would like to see these mandates fully funded by the state at minimum or repealed altogether, but these measures fight symptoms rather than the cause.

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November 8, 2018

Connecticut Continues To Lag In Election Results Reporting

by Christine Stuart | Nov 8, 2018 6:48am
Posted to: Election 2018 | Election Policy | Town News | Local Politics | Media Matters

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HARTFORD, CT — Early Wednesday morning, both the Republican and Democratic gubernatorial campaigns sent their supporters home without knowing the outcome of the election because several towns, including New Haven, had still not reported their results.

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November 7, 2018

ANALYSIS | Governor 2018: Haven’t We Seen This Map Before?

by Susan Bigelow | Nov 7, 2018 10:30am
Posted to: Analysis | Data | Election 2018 | Town News | Opinion

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Somehow, despite the fact that there were over 200,000 more votes cast in the 2018 race for governor as there were in 2014, the geography of Ned Lamont’s narrow win was very much the same as Dan Malloy’s second victory over Tom Foley.

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October 16, 2018

IRS Extends Operating Loss Period For Homeowners With Crumbling Foundations

by Christine Stuart | Oct 16, 2018 2:16pm
Posted to: Congress | Town News | Housing

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HARTFORD, CT — Homeowners with crumbling foundations will be able to carry back two years and forward 20 years their “net operating loss” from repairing their foundations, according to new IRS guidance.

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