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Above the waves, Connecticut fishermen struggle to hang on

The town dock In Stonington is quieter than ever as climate change has made it harder to catch fish.

Shifting fish species have Connecticut fishermen in an emotional dispute over how the U.S. fishing system operates. They’re calling, if not downright begging, for immediate changes to fish allocations to save the state’s fishing industry from what many believe is its inevitable ruin. But others in the scientific and environmental communities are saying – maybe not so fast. Continue Reading →

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Pew report: Half the states trying to promote retirement savings

The Pew Charitable Trust's survey of state legislation filed between 2012 and April 2016. Connecticut's bill creating a state-administered retirement program for private-sector workers was signed into law in May.

Connecticut is not alone in developing new options to assist private-sector workers who lack a retirement plan, according to a recent report from the Pew Charitable Trusts. At least 24 other states have introduced legislation, studied state-sponsored retirement savings programs, or enacted programs to reduce poverty among retirees. Continue Reading →

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Pew study: States’ reserves left them only half prepared for Great Recession

Connecticut was far from the only state whose fiscal reserves weren’t enough to withstand The Great Recession, according to a new report from the Pew Charitable Trusts. The new study recommends several steps to help states better prepare for economic downturns – including proposals Connecticut’s legislature has resisted in the past. Continue Reading →

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