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Posted inMoney

A secret, public-private campaign lures Infosys to Hartford

Infosys, an India-based information technology company undergoing a major expansion in the U.S., named Hartford on Wednesday as one of its new technology-and-innovation hubs, promising an estimated 1,000 new jobs to a city struggling to broaden its employment base and a morale boost to a state intent on drawing a share of the next generation of technology jobs. The selection came with a great back story.

Posted inJustice

CT students join nationwide protest, demand end to gun violence

Updated at 8:45 p.m.
Students in Newtown capped a day of protest Wednesday as thousands of Connecticut students joined youths across the nation to protest gun violence and call on Congress to act on gun control measures. Meanwhile in Washington, thousands of students from schools across the nation, including Connecticut, gathered on the U.S. Capitol grounds and in front of the White House.

Posted inCT Viewpoints

Property tax levies are hurting nonprofit organizations and their clients

MARC Community Resources, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization providing residential and day services to individuals with intellectual, physical, and developmental disabilities throughout Middlesex County, recently received notification of denied tax exemption on several group homes, as well as two-day programs owned and operated in Cromwell. This tax forces community nonprofits like MARC, burdened by years of state budget cuts, to choose between costly litigation and paying taxes on property that is exempt by state law. Either of these options takes critical funding away from essential services for MARC’s program participants.

Posted inCT Viewpoints

An energy policy that hastens our own extinction

It seems that these days, we don’t need meteors from outer space any more to erase the dinosaurs. We concoct our own earth-history-disrupting event, with more and more species already extinct or in great danger. And I’m not only talking plants and animals, this time it’s about us. Millions of people, cities and entire regions are at risk of losing their lives, their livelihood, or at least their home. More frequent and more severe storms, floods, mudslides, fires, droughts, loss of habitat and wars for resources — lucky those who are not dinosaurs, who are smaller and more adaptable, or have the option to move somewhere else.