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In-person classes to resume at CT state colleges in the fall

Central Connecticut State University in New Britain will resume in-person classes in the fall along with the other state colleges. In-person classes will resume at state colleges this fall, with mask-wearing and social-distancing requirements still in effect, officials said Monday. The announcement came at Gateway Community College on Monday, where leaders from colleges and universities […]

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Lembo: Legislators should let constituents share the success of their health plan.

The health care crisis in Connecticut continues. Bills under consideration in Connecticut expand subsidies, attempt to lower prescription drug costs and address long-standing health care inequities. There is room to incorporate the best of each if it helps make health care in our state more affordable, equitable and accessible. But Senate Bill 842 is the only bill that provides short and long-term help for small businesses, nonprofits and certain labor unions.

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Will the Comptroller open the state-run healthcare plan’s books?

What choices do you have when you cannot defend a policy issue on its merits? One path is that chosen by former New Britain Democratic Town Committee chair Bill Shortell in his April 14 Viewpoints opinion piece, “Debunking the CBIA’s takedown of the public option healthcare bill.” Instead of defending any perceived merits associated with the proposed expansion of state-run healthcare in Connecticut, Shortell attacks the messenger. In this case, two organizations that have raised legitimate —and unanswered— questions about that proposal.

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Climate action now to insure Connecticut’s future

Connecticut has had nine weather-related federal disaster declarations in the past 11 years, totaling more than $362 million in damages. For Storms Irene, Sandy, and the 2011 October Nor’easter, insurers paid out more than $1 billion to cover insured damages in Connecticut. The climate crisis is upon us. The science is clear. We must act now.