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White smoke at SEEC

The State Elections Enforcement Commission has called a special meeting for 2 p.m. Friday to name a new executive director and general counsel from the pool of candidates that yielded the ill-fated choice of former Middletown Mayor Sebastian Giuliano. The selection of Giuliano was rescinded over objections to the choice of a politician who was […]

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DeLauro defends food stamps–and Obama

U.S. Rep. Rosa DeLauro is the latest Democrat to publicly seethe at Newt Gingrich’s repeated characterization of President Obama as “the best food-stamp president in American history.” “He’s demonizing people and demonizing a social safety net,” said DeLauro, 3rd District, at a news conference held by food stamp supporters Thursday. She told the story of […]

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Connecticut’s minimum wage among the highest

House Speaker Christopher G. Donovan’s proposal to raise the state’s minimum wage by $1.50 over two years could give Connecticut the highest minimum in the nation, a distinction certain to fuel opposition to the idea by business interests and some legislators. But the proposal by the Democratic leader and congressional candidate to index the wage […]

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Feds give state until last day of legislative session to salvage fuel spill clean-up program

Federal environmental officials have warned Connecticut they will begin to de-certify a crucial pollution abatement program the day after the General Assembly session ends in  May — unless state policy-makers craft a solution first. At issue is a more than $80 million backlog in applications for assistance through Connecticut’s Underground Storage Tank Petroleum Cleanup Program […]

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Coming soon: more preschool for children in the poorest districts

West Hartford — Nearly 6,500 students in Connecticut enter kindergarten each year never having attended preschool. Gov. Dannel P. Malloy wants to reduce that number by 500 students in the state’s poorest districts. “We’ve got to close that achievement gap” between low-income students and their peers who attend preschool, he said Thursday, standing on the playground […]