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Ethics opinion: Aresimowicz can be House speaker, union staffer

House Majority Leader Joe Aresimowicz, the incoming speaker.

The Office of State Ethics has advised Rep. Joe Aresimowicz, D-Berlin, that nothing in the state ethics code bars him from continuing his job with AFSCME, an influential public-employee union, as he becomes speaker of the House of Representatives next week. Labor costs are certain to be a major issue in 2017. Continue Reading →

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Senate GOP accuses Wade of FOI violation in Cigna merger

Katharine L. Wade.

Senate Republicans asked the state Freedom of Information Commission on Friday to penalize Insurance Commissioner Katharine L. Wade, saying she and her department withheld documents related to the pending merger of Anthem and Cigna that another agency deemed to be public information. Continue Reading →

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Aresimowicz’ challenging path as House leader and union man

House Majority Leader Joe Aresimowicz of Berlin during the budget debate.

Sal Luciano of AFSCME Council 4 does not hide his displeasure with House Majority Leader Joe Aresimowicz over his role in passing a budget that cuts services and eliminates state jobs rather than following labor’s prescription of raising taxes on the rich. And Luciano is more than just another union bigwig. He is Aresimowicz’s boss. Continue Reading →

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