Monthly Archives: September 2016

Price quits, asks SOTS to give Independent line to GOP’s Carter

Rep. Dan Carter. R-Bethel

John R. Price says he is relinquishing his claim to the Independent Party’s nomination for U.S. Senate, a move intended to end an intra-party fight and give Republican Dan Carter the party’s cross-endorsement and a second line on the ballot. But with many ballots printed and optical scanners programmed, is it too late? Continue Reading →

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Average cost of child care in CT as much as in-state tuition

Preschool  in West Hartford

WASHINGTON — Child care in Connecticut is of good quality and widely available, but it can easily cost more than in-state college tuition. A report released this week by Washington, D.C., think tank New America, determined the average cost of in-home, or “nanny care” in Connecticut was $31,162 a year and the average cost of a day care center was $11,456 per child per year. Continue Reading →

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Clinton out-raises Trump in CT defense-industry campaign cash

Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump

WASHINGTON — Following a national trend, Connecticut’s defense workers and their bosses overwhelmingly gave to the campaign of Hillary Clinton while slighting that of Donald Trump. According to a Connecticut Mirror analysis, as of the end of August, the Clinton campaign raised more than $56,000 from individuals who work for the state’s defense industry, while the Trump campaign raised only $3,094. Continue Reading →

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CT reviewing its relationship with Wells Fargo

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WASHINGTON — Connecticut is reviewing its relationship with Wells Fargo after the bank admitted opening potentially millions of bogus accounts to collect fees from unwitting customers.The state is among the first to take action in response to the scandal. Continue Reading →

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Auditors: State employed spills-response supervisor who couldn’t do the job

State auditors John Geragosian, left, and Robert Ward

State environmental protection officials employed for 15 months a hazardous spills-response supervisor who was “incapable of performing the duties” — wasting resources and potentially threatening public safety — State Auditors John C. Geragosian and Robert M. Ward reported Wednesday. Continue Reading →

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CT lawmakers defy Obama with override of veto on terrorism lawsuit bill

Connecticut U.S. Sens. Christopher Murphy, right, and Richard Blumenthal

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WASHINGTON — Every member of Connecticut’s all-Democratic congressional delegation voted Wednesday to override President Obama’s veto of of legislation allowing lawsuits against foreign sponsors of terrorism. It is the first override of an Obama veto. Continue Reading →

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Sikorsky incentives win bipartisan approval in special session

Sen. Joe Markley, the only no vote in the Senate, and colleagues reading the Sikorsky legislation,

Connecticut legislators took a one-day break from re-election campaigns Wednesday to give bipartisan blessing to a $220 million incentive deal for Lockheed Martin that would keep its Sikorsky Aircraft subsidiary and production of its next generation of helicopters in a state desperate to grow its storied aerospace industry. Continue Reading →

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As Sikorsky proves in CT, states will pay for aerospace jobs

Sikorsky's new heavy lift helicopter, now in flight testing.

In the world of megadeals that states craft to attract and keep employers, the $220 million in incentives that the Connecticut General Assembly is expected to approve Wednesday for Lockheed Martin to produce Sikorsky’s new helicopter line in Stratford doesn’t crack the top 75 — nor is it the biggest subsidy ever obtained by Lockheed. Continue Reading →

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With no broker fees, will Obamacare customers get enough shopping help?

Photo of a sign that says "You qualify for Obamacare, get covered," at an enrollment fair in New Britain.

About half of those who get coverage through the state’s health insurance exchange will need to change plans for next year. But the availability of a key source of help – brokers, who advised buyers of 40 percent of this year’s policies – will be significantly reduced, worrying some who say clients could struggle to get help picking the right coverage. Continue Reading →

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CT beat out S.C., Florida, others for billions in helicopter work

Sikorsky's new heavy lift helicopter in flight testing.

WASHINGTON — Lockheed Martin was considering South Carolina, Florida and other states as places to build Sikorsky’s new CH-53K King Stallion helicopter – a Defense Department program expected to cost at least $25 billion – when the company and Gov. Dannel P. Malloy struck a deal to keep the work in Connecticut. Continue Reading →

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