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A governor’s Thanksgiving message in an unsettled time

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy delivered an unusual Thanksgiving message Wednesday that reflected the tumult, turmoil and tragedy of a year which the U.S. has reeled from two mass shootings, devastating hurricanes, culture-changing disclosures of sexual harassment and predation, and a general coarsening of public discourse.

Published on 22 November 2017 | 7:48 pm

Larson, Courtney win tax break for homeowners with crumbling foundations

WASHINGTON – U.S. Reps. John Larson and Joe Courtney had good news Wednesday for Connecticut homeowners with crumbling foundations – the Internal Revenue Service will allow them to take a deduction for a casualty loss for money spent to fix crumbling foundations. But that tax relief may be short lived if Republicans in Congress succeed in overhauling the tax code.

Published on 22 November 2017 | 7:42 pm

A fight to frame ’18: Trump & taxes vs. Malloy & budget

State Senate Democrats introduced President Trump and federal tax policy as issues in the 2018 race for control of the General Assembly on Tuesday with a withering dissection of how tax plans crafted by the Trump administration and Republicans in Congress would hit middle-class taxpayers in the Northeast. A Republican leader countered that the legislature has bigger issues closer to home.

Published on 21 November 2017 | 11:32 pm

Malloy signs budget bill, but there’s this one other thing…

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy signed a bill Tuesday that makes technical budget revisions he forced through a line-item veto, but he also raised a new complaint: The legislature improperly transferred a $2.9 million children’s health program to an account funded by assessments on the insurance industry.

Published on 21 November 2017 | 10:38 pm

CT allocates $13.6 million for cleaning up brownfields

Connecticut will spend $13.6 million to assess or redevelop brownfield sites in 14 municipalities, marking Connecticut officials’ latest effort to clean up polluted properties and spur economic development, Gov. Dannel P. Malloy announced Monday.

Published on 20 November 2017 | 11:02 pm

CT lawmakers, NRA back gun buyer background check bill

WASHINGTON – Rep. Elizabeth Esty, usually at odds with gun rights groups over firearm legislation, is promoting a bill that the National Rifle Association likes, too. Esty, D-5th District, is a co-sponsor of the U.S. House version of the “Fix NICS Act of 2017,” legislation that aims to prevent individuals like the shooter in Sutherland, Texas, from slipping through the cracks of the federal gun buyer background check system.

Published on 20 November 2017 | 10:14 pm

CT budget deficit crosses emergency action threshold

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy intensified pressure on the legislature Monday to come into special session to repair the new state budget, projecting a $203 million deficit that exceeds a key risk threshold.

Published on 20 November 2017 | 8:07 pm

Does peer review cast doubt on traffic-stop analysis?

Researchers earlier this month released their third annual statewide report analyzing traffic-stop data in an effort to find signs of potential racial profiling by police. Understanding the report isn't a simple thumbs up or thumbs down, judging whether it's right or wrong. "It's not as easy as saying it's valid or it's not; there's lots of stuff in there," said Michael Smith, one of the peer reviewers.

Published on 20 November 2017 | 10:00 am

Medicaid chief: Feds are willing to approve work requirements

The Trump administration has signaled its willingness to allow states to impose work requirements on some adult Medicaid enrollees, a long-sought goal for conservatives that is strongly opposed by Democrats and advocates for the poor.

Published on 19 November 2017 | 10:05 am

Rancor on top of rancor with some extra rancor

It was a week of particularly rancorous politics in a month of rancorous politics in a year of rancorous politics. It began with uproar over the past behavior of Republican candidate for U.S. Senate Roy Moore of Alabama, accused of predatory sexual conduct toward women half his age; then swept up Democratic Sen. Al Franken of Minnesota.

Published on 19 November 2017 | 10:00 am

Trump education nominee pleads ignorance on voucher studies

At his U.S. Senate confirmation hearing, Mick Zais, the nominee to be second-in-command at the Department of Education, said that he was not aware of high-profile studies showing that school vouchers can hurt student achievement.

Published on 19 November 2017 | 9:55 am

Anthem, Hartford HealthCare agree on new, retroactive contract

Hartford HealthCare and Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield said early Saturday they had reached agreement on a new, retroactive contract, ending a stalemate that had left Hartford HealthCare providers out of the Anthem insurance network since Oct. 1.

Published on 18 November 2017 | 6:21 pm

Municipal aid: How does your town fare after the mid-year cut?

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy Friday doubled cuts in state aid to cities and towns to help achieve big, unassigned savings ordered by the General Assembly in the recently passed bipartisan budget.

Published on 17 November 2017 | 9:02 pm

CT senators say they will give Franken donations to charity

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Capitol was gripped this week by allegations of sexual wrongdoing against GOP Senate candidate Roy Moore and Minnesota Democratic Sen. Al Franken, leading many lawmakers, including Connecticut’s senators to distance themselves from those accused of misconduct.  While GOP senators said Moore should quit the Senate race, Democrats, including Chris Murphy and Richard Blumenthal, said they would give political cash received from Franken to charity.

Published on 17 November 2017 | 8:45 pm

Malloy dishes out legislature’s big mandated cuts

Connecticut got a clearer picture of the painful cuts in the new state budget Friday when Gov. Dannel P. Malloy imposed more than $880 million in spending cuts mandated by the General Assembly.

Published on 17 November 2017 | 7:33 pm

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