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Posted inEducation, Energy & Environment, Health, Justice, Money, Politics, Transportation

CT’s maxed-out credit card takes its toll on many projects

The General Assembly is expected to vote before it adjourns May 4 on a plan that would cancel more than $1.1 billion in financing earmarked for an enormous array of purposes in both the public and private sectors, including renovating the leaking, flaking dome of UConn’s Gampel Pavilion.

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Connecticut position as leader in Children’s Dental Medicaid in jeopardy.

Connecticut position as the leader in Children’s Dental Medicaid is in jeopardy. Gov. Dannel Malloy’s April 2016 budget proposal calls for a 10 percent cut to Children’s Dental Medicaid reimbursement rates and reduces eligibility for HUSKY A Parents to 133 percent of the Federal Poverty Level (FPL). Our state made significant strides from the low access to dental care for Medicaid-enrolled families in 1999 to the present and we cannot let this success to be rolled back.

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Women-owned business benefits from CBIA membership

My business, the Voices of Women of Color, is a grassroots advocacy firm, which provides political and issue-based outreach. The lion’s share of people who are paid by the Voices, either as consultants or part-time employees, are female. They are mostly single mothers doing everything they can to make ends meet. They, too, are impacted by the political decisions at the local and state level, and there are times when business and community issues are at odds. As a woman of color, I am painfully aware of disparities beyond gender. But I am also aware that addressing these disparities requires strategic approaches on many levels, not just through legislation.

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Unemployment calculation bill would reform CT’s compensation system

I am a Connecticut employer who has kept his family business here despite the oppressive and stifling atmosphere including overwhelming taxes and regulations. I have been outraged at Connecticut’s Federal Unemployment Tax Act tax on all employers because of the state government’s inability to responsibly manage our federal loan, and the illegality of a tax on businesses who do not vote or have a say in government. I now see a wonderful opportunity for the state to correct its course by reforming Connecticut’s unemployment compensation system like the states surrounding us have done.