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Legal-aid to close its lobbying arm at State Capitol

Raphael L. 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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Legislators say DSS hearing rules must change for ‘fundamental fairness’

This is a photo of Sen. Gayle Slossberg, who wants to change the rules for DSS hearings.

They’re called fair hearings — the chance people get to appeal decisions made by the state Department of Social Services, such as denials of applications for benefits or being turned down for Medicaid coverage of a certain treatment. But some legislators say the way the department handles the hearings makes them anything but fair. Continue Reading →

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