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Legal-aid to close its lobbying arm at State Capitol

Rafie Podolsky testifying at the legislature.

The longest sustained funding crunch in the history of legal aid is about to cost Connecticut’s poor their long-serving lobbyist at the General Assembly: Raphael L. Podolsky, a Yale-educated lawyer who took them as a client 40 years ago, is getting a pink slip. So are his colleagues, Jane McNichol and Sara Parker McKernan. One lawmaker calls them "the conscience" of the Capitol. Continue Reading →

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Achievement gap an issue as Congress considers new ed bill

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WASHINGTON – Connecticut elementary students have among the highest reading and math scores in the nation, but a stubborn achievement gap persists between the state’s highest- and lowest-performing schools, said a White House report issued Monday. Continue Reading →

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CT businesses pushing back on shutdown of Ex-Im Bank

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WASHINGTON — The Tea Party, aided by other conservative Republicans and the billionaire Koch brothers, celebrated a big victory last week when Congress failed to reauthorize the charter of a bank that helps U.S. businesses, including Connecticut-based General Electric and United Technologies, make sales overseas. Continue Reading →

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Malloy vetoes qualifications for education commissioner

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Gov. Dannel P. Malloy renewed a fight with organized labor Wednesday by vetoing legislation sought by teachers' unions that would have set a statutory requirement for state education commissioners to have a strong classroom background, something his first education commissioner lacked. The CEA is asking legislators to override the veto. Continue Reading →

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Retired teachers buck CT budget trend and get a tax cut

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What separates retired Connecticut teachers from the working poor, middle-income consumers, corporations and insurance companies? In the context of the new state budget, it’s the ability to get a tax break. Continue Reading →

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Malloy signs, then promotes, newly tweaked budget

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy signs the budget. From left, House Speaker J. Brendan Sharkey, Senate President Pro Tem Martin M. Looney and Lt. Gov. Nancy Wyman.

The rocky path to a fiscal plan for the next two years ended Tuesday with Gov. Dannel P. Malloy signing the budget adopted June 3 in the closing minutes of the 2015 session — and tax rollbacks passed earlier Tuesday in special session to quell an outcry from business interests. Continue Reading →

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Bill checklist: Track what happened to key legislation

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Legislators considered hundreds of bills during the session that ended June 3, and only a fraction made it through both chambers. (Some got revived in a budget implementation bill that passed during the June 29 special session.) We've designed this tool to help you see what happened to key legislation — what passed the House and Senate, what didn't make it up for a vote in one or both chambers, and what gets signed or vetoed by Gov. Dannel P. Malloy. Continue Reading →

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Health, labor, environment bills revived in special session

Sen, Beth Bye, Appropriations Committee co-chair, in the Senate  chamber during Monday's special session

A wide range of legislative priorities that failed to clear both chambers of the General Assembly before the June 3 end of the regular session won final approval early Tuesday as part of a massive budget implementation bill. The 686-page everything-but-the-kitchen-sink bill also includes several controversial new provisions. Here's what's in it. Continue Reading →

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Legislators approve ‘Second Chance,’ body camera bills

Rep. Angel Arce was one of many legislators who photographed the vote tally for An Act Concerning Excessive Use of Force."

The Connecticut House and Senate voted in quick succession Monday to adopt two major criminal justice bills intended to increase police accountability, end racially disparate sentencing and lower incarceration rates for non-violent crimes. Continue Reading →

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Legislature to return Monday for concessions to business

From left, Senate Majority Leader Bob Duff and Senate President Pro Tem Martin Looney explain budget changes.

The legislature and Gov. Dannel P. Malloy would sacrifice pieces of their biggest initiatives – property tax reform and transportation, respectively – to help roll back about 10 percent of the tax hikes in the new state budget, sources from the House and Senate Democratic caucuses said Friday. Legislators return Monday for what they hope will be a one-day special session. Continue Reading →

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