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Lori Pelletier: ‘Either you respect collective bargaining or you don’t’

These are complicated times for labor, especially for unions representing state workers. Despite the objections of Republican legislators, they just ratified a concession deal with a governor they helped elect, Democrat Dannel P. Malloy, in a move to save the state an estimated $1.57 billion this year. Lori J. Pelletier, the president of the Connecticut AFL-CIO, talks about the labor landscape in our Sunday Conversation. Continue Reading →

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Toubman: ‘If we don’t raise revenue somehow, we shred the safety net’

Attorney Sheldon V. Toubman of the New Haven Legal Assistance Association is one of Connecticut’s most ardent advocates for social services. In this week’s Sunday Conversation, he speaks with The Mirror about efforts of social service advocates to press for state tax increases to help close projected budget deficits and proposals to increase the income and sales taxes. Continue Reading →

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Two who should know: Too few resources to meet Litchfield County’s addiction epidemic

The resources for addiction and mental health services have always been limited, especially in rural areas like Litchfield County, but with more and more individuals in need, finding care has become an even more daunting endeavor. Kerri Johnson knows, because she has been there. In this Sunday Conversation, she teams up with John Simoncelli, executive director of Greenwoods Counseling Referrals in Litchfield, to talk about the problem. Continue Reading →

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Tom Dudchik, gatekeeper of the news for CT’s political class, is back on the air

Tom Dudchik is the political insider’s insider. Neither journalist nor politician, Dudchik is the man both turn to for the latest political news in the state. He runs CT Capitol Report, a news aggregation site that mimics Drudge Report in its minimalist style, but not its conservative tone. On the occasion of his new TV show, Dudchik is the subject of this week’s Sunday Conversation. Continue Reading →

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Irene Kish: She’s mother to 105 children

Already the parents of three adopted children, Irene Kish and her husband decided to become foster parents after reading a story in a local newspaper about homeless children living under a bridge near her home. Twenty-two years later, she has taken in 105 children in crisis to live with her family. Most have severe mental health or medical conditions. In this week’s Sunday conversation, she tells her story. Continue Reading →

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DeLauro fights political winds with book making case for social safety net

WASHINGTON — Three years ago, veteran Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro felt compelled to do one of the few things she had never done before – write a book. The result is “The Least Among Us: Waging the Battle for the Vulnerable,” a smooth read about her fight to protect the social safety net and her battles with both Republicans and Democrats who disagreed with her position or her approach. We talk to her about it in this week’s Sunday conversation. Continue Reading →

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A hard look at what prison means for the kids left behind

One in every 14 children in the U.S. has had a parent in prison. For poor families, it’s one in eight. They are the collateral damage of a mass incarceration movement that has made the U.S. the nation with the most prisoners in the world. Our Sunday conversation is with Aileen Keays Yeager, whose job is to figure out what that means for children in Connecticut. Continue Reading →

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Shubert: Tolls a ‘viable’ revenue source to finance infrastructure improvement

One of the state’s most ardent transportation advocates, Don Shubert has been executive director of the Connecticut Construction Industry Association for the past eight years. He has a lot to say about the state’s stalled, $100 billion transportation rebuilding program, a Special Transportation Fund headed for insolvency, the sticky question of tolls on state highways, and the risk of squandering federal transportation dollars in years to come. Continue Reading →

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Would-be Democratic governors speak of taxes, red lines, the ‘fiscal mess’ and sporks

In the current struggle to craft a state budget, Gov. Dannel P. Malloy, at a news conference Thursday, did not give any direction to state lawmakers beyond threatening to veto the existing Democratic and Republican proposals. He declined to state specific proposals that would qualify as “make-or-break” issues for him. His would-be replacements on the Democratic side were not as hesitant when we caught up with them Saturday night. Continue Reading →

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Alberto Ibargüen: Trying to be journalism’s shining Knight

Alberto Ibargüen came to Hartford as a legal aid lawyer and left more than 30 years ago as a rising newspaper executive, destined to become publisher of the Miami Herald and chairman of PBS. He’s coming back for a visit this week as the president of the Knight Foundation, an institution trying to save journalism in the digital age. He is our Sunday Conversation. Continue Reading →

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Coventry town manager Elsesser: Connecticut should consider the commercial activities tax

John A. Elsesser, longtime Coventry town manager, has been one of the leading figures in municipal government for nearly four decades. He understands the varied and intensifying fiscal pressures facing Connecticut and its municipalities, recognizes the need to raise revenue; and sees one possible way to do it fairly — a commercial activities tax. Continue Reading →

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A conversation with Scott Wilson, a voice for gun owners

Scott Wilson helped what is now the state’s largest gun group, the Connecticut Citizens Defense League, not long after Barack Obama became president in January 2009. A soft-spoken logistics specialist at a trucking company, he has emerged as a leading voice of gun owners in Connecticut, home of some of the toughest gun controls in the U.S. Continue Reading →

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She’s aging out of DCF care, graduating college and beating the odds

Ashley Foster will soon be graduating from college, defying the odds against foster children. One in five leave the state’s care without having a high school diploma or GED, few have a college degree and the majority are unemployed. Many go on to become homeless or incarcerated shortly after they leave care – things Foster is determined to avoid. She sat down to talk with The Mirror at her apartment in East Haven as she braces for aging out of the Department of Children and Families’ care. Continue Reading →

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