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Charting a surer path from community college to UConn business school

Getting into the University of Connecticut’s highly competitive business school just got a lot easier for students at the state’s community colleges. On Wednesday UConn president Michael J. Hogan and Marc S. Herzog, chancellor of the state’s 12 community colleges, announced an agreement guaranteeing admission for community college graduates with a 3.3 GPA who have […]

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A Realtors’ Day special: Committee schedules vote on home sale tax

The 600 Realtors who came to the State Capitol Wednesday couldn’t help but feel like they were being sucker punched when they heard legislators were moving full speed ahead to extend a tax on real estate sales. “They’re picking on us,” said Barry Rosa, vice president of the Connecticut Association of Realtors. “They are singling […]

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Committee pitches increasing spending for ‘safety net’ programs

With demand for safety net programs growing, the legislature’s Appropriations Committee on Thursday proposed increasing funding to state’s social services by $444 million. They also proposed a new hospital tax on providers to bring in $206.8 million for the coming year, which begins July 1. State Medicaid spending increases $67.8 million, but does cut $2.3 […]

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Blumenthal: taxing TARP bonuses ‘likely constitutional’

A bill backed by 19 Senate Democrats that would tax executive bonuses is “likely constitutional”, Attorney General Richard Blumenthal said today. The bill would affect employees who earned bonuses in excess of $1 million from eight firms in Connecticut that received money from the federal bailout last year known as the Troubled Asset Relief Program. Critics, […]

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Bill would cut targets for use of renewable energy

Halfway into a 20-year program to increase the use of renewable energy in Connecticut, leaders of the legislature’s energy committee want to drastically alter the program’s goals, saying it is not promoting investment in the state. “The bottom line is, (renewable energy) projects aren’t being built,” said Rep. Vickie O. Nardello, D-Bethany, co-chairman of the […]

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Keno bill hangs on for another hearing as legislators search for revenue options

One legislative committee has rejected Keno gambling in the state, but another–the one that would have to come up with a revenue alternative if the proposal dies–isn’t ready to let go. “We will make our own decision on Keno,” said Rep. Cameron C. Staples, D-New Haven and co-chairman of the Finance, Revenue and Bonding Committee. […]

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AG would boost fines for firms that misclassify workers

Employers are increasingly misclassifying their employees as contractors to trim costs, so Attorney General Richard Blumenthal and the Chief State’s Attorney’s Office said they want to substantially increase the fines. “This is cheating, plain and simple,” Blumenthal said about employers labeling full-time employees as independent contractors. “We will no longer tolerate misclassifications.” Blumenthal said the […]

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Lawmakers vote for warnings on college tuition hikes

Public universities may soon be required to inform state legislators before they approve tuition increases under terms of a bill overwhelmingly voted out of committee Tuesday. “It’s appropriate for us to have this information,” said Sen. Mary Ann Handley of Manchester, co-chairman of the Higher Education and Employment Advancement Committee, before the vote. The proposal […]