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  1. General Assembly Fails To Convene To Pass 90-Day BudgetRead the original story w/Photo

    Jun 29, 2017 |

    House Democrats went behind closed doors Thursday and came out with a two-year budget proposal that increases the sales tax to 6.99 percent and gives municipalities the option raising it an additional 1 percent on food and beverages. The proposal, which is currently in a spreadsheet and being called a draft, would increase spending in the first year nearly $185 million over this year's spending.


  2. Summer Youth Employment First Casualty of Budget MessRead the original story

    Jun 28, 2017 |

    Thousands of youth and five regional workforce boards were told last week that the youth employment program would be canceled this summer because there isn't a state budget. The program gives jobs and job training to at-risk young people.


  3. Fracking Ban, Hate Crimes Penalties Pass HouseRead the original story w/Photo

    May 10, 2017 |

    It took about two hours Tuesday for the House to debate a ban on fracking waste and less than 15 minutes for them to approve a bill to increase the penalties for hate crimes. The House voted 141-6 to ban fracking waste from Connecticut.


  4. Lawmakers Go Through Stages of Grief As They Try and Figure Out How To Fill HoleRead the original story w/Photo

    May 3, 2017 |

    With a budget that's about $5.1 billion in deficit over the next two years, the House and the Senate are struggling to find meaningful legislation to debate that doesn't contain a fiscal note. On Wednesday, the "order of the day" in the House was a bill to create a hotline for small businesses.


  5. Crumb Rubber Debate ContinuesRead the original story w/Photo

    Mar 31, 2017 |

    A bill that would prohibit the installation of crumb rubber ground cover on municipal and public playgrounds was in limbo Friday afternoon waiting for the remaining members of the Planning and Development Committee to vote on it. The first vote on the bill, which had already passed the Children's Committee, was tied early Friday afternoon when lawmakers recessed the Planning and Development Committee.


  6. Public Offers Broad Support For Making Police Complaint Process More TransparentRead the original story w/Photo

    Mar 27, 2017 |

    A bill ordering police departments to do a better job posting instructions about how to file a complaint against police received broad support at a public hearing Friday. The bill follows the release of a report , which showed that many police agencies fail to clearly post their complaint policies and complaint forms online, and refuse to accept anonymous complaints.


  7. Accidental Drug Overdoses Increase 25 Percent In ConnecticutRead the original story w/Photo

    Feb 27, 2017 |

    Accidental drug intoxications caused 917 deaths in the state in 2016, an increase of 188, or 25 percent, over those killed by drugs a year earlier, according to a new report issued by the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner. Additionally, Dr. James Gill, the state's chief medical examiner, said deaths involving the powerful synthetic drug fentanyl, 479, increased by 155 percent over that same period.


  8. Solitary Confinement Cell Makes Its Way To The State CapitolRead the original story w/Photo

    Feb 22, 2017 |

    He was just one of many Tuesday left by themselves under a fluorescent light in a small cell with a bunk, but unlike the estimated 80,000 inmates nationwide in solitary confinement, Sen. Gary Winfield, D-New Haven, was able to leave after two hours. The cell was a replica built by lawyers, psychiatrists and religious leaders who are bringing a national movement to limit the use of solitary confinement to Connecticut.


  9. Less Than 48 Hours To Enroll In ObamacareRead the original story w/Photo

    Jan 30, 2017 |

    Lt. Gov. Nancy Wyman and Access Health CT CEO James Wadleigh wanted to remind Connecticut residents Monday that they can enroll in health insurance until midnight Jan. 31 The call center and enrollment centers will be open until midnight Tuesday to help customers sign up for coverage before the deadline. This could be the last year of the Affordable Care Act or Obamacare as it's currently known.


  10. Senate President Martin Looney Finds A KidneyRead the original story w/Photo

    Dec 12, 2016 |

    Surgery is scheduled at Yale-New Haven Hospital on Dec. 20. The Senator, who has served New Haven for more than 24 years, expects to be home by Christmas. Looney has suffered from a form of arthritis since he was in his late teens, specifically Ankylosing Spondylitis, which has permanently affected his spine and neck.


  11. Connecticut Mosque Receives Hate MailRead the original story w/Photo

    Dec 9, 2016 |

    The Connecticut Council on American-Islamic Relations is as asking police to step up patrols of local mosques after the Islamic Center of New Haven received a threatening letter. It goes onto say that the "day of reckoning has arrived.


  12. OP-ED | Stand Up To HateRead the original story w/Photo

    Nov 23, 2016 |

    This Thanksgiving, particularly after our highly-contested presidential election, is a time to reflect on our country's bedrock principles. These values include our commitment to tolerance and cultural understanding, our celebration of diversity and our respect for our fellow citizens, no matter their race, religion, ethnicity, sexual orientation or political viewpoint.


  13. Senate Struggles With 18-18 Split, Malloy Says Those Who Lost Were OutworkedRead the original story w/Photo

    Nov 9, 2016 |

    At a Capitol press conference, Republicans said the even split between Democrats and Republicans in the Connecticut Senate means voters are fed up with politics as usual and want change. "There is no longer a majority party in the state Senate,'' Senate Minority Leader Len Fasano, R-North Haven, said.


  14. First Few Days of Enrollment Have Been BriskRead the original story w/Photo

    Nov 4, 2016 |

    State officials are urging Connecticut residents in need of health insurance to remember that while Barack Obama will no longer be president in a few months there is no end in sight for Obamacare. In order to have coverage by Jan. 1, 2017, with no gaps, people need to enroll by Dec. 15 of this year, according to Access Health CT officials.


  15. OP-ED | Schools are for KidsRead the original story w/Photo

    Nov 1, 2016 |

    "Schools are for kids." With this simple phrase, Superior Court Judge Thomas Moukawsher showed thousands of Connecticut parents that he respects our children's right to a great education.


  16. Rail And Bus Fares To Increase In DecemberRead the original story w/Photo

    Oct 4, 2016 |

    DOT Commissioner James Redeker and Gov. Dannel P. Malloy announcing the return of bar cars on the New Haven line Fare increases ranging from 6 to 16.7 percent on Connecticut's rail and bus systems will be hitting Connecticut commuters in the pocketbook come December. The increases, announced by Connecticut Department of Transportation Commissioner James P. Redeker, are needed, in large part, to make up for cuts to the transportation budget made during the last General Assembly session.


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