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Lawmakers find hope in diversity, bipartisanship as 2019 legislative session opens

Lawmakers opened the 2019 session Wednesday with optimism and lofty goals, insisting diversity and bipartisan cooperation could overcome the state’s budgetary limitations. Longtime legislative leaders and fresh-faced newcomers stood elbow to elbow as their took their oaths of office, celebrated with their families, and expressed confidence that they could overcome party and policy differences during […]

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A day of pomp for Lamont, then the talent hunt resumes

Ned Lamont takes office as Connecticut’s 89th governor this afternoon having settled on nominees for all but 10 of the 28 positions that are classified under state law as agency heads subject to confirmation hearings and votes by the General Assembly. The focus today will be on pomp and an inaugural message, but the first of the many measures to be taken over the next four years is Lamont’s first hires.

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Food stamps, other federal nutrition programs, threatened by prolonged shutdown

WASHINGTON — With no end to the federal shutdown in sight, anti-hunger advocates are becoming anxious about the fate of federal nutrition programs like food stamps, school lunches, and other programs for the poor that are run by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, one of the shuttered agencies. Some could be run temporarily with state money, but the fate of others is in limbo if the shutdown continues beyond the end of the month.