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Foundations provide reprieve for laid-off legal-aid lobbyists

Grants from the Melville Charitable Trust and two anonymous family foundations will help give Connecticut’s poor at least one more legislative session represented by lobbyists for the state’s cash-strapped legal-aid groups. But the long-term financial prospects of legal-aid remain precarious. Continue Reading →

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Legal-aid to close its lobbying arm at State Capitol

The longest sustained funding crunch in the history of legal aid is about to cost Connecticut’s poor their long-serving lobbyist at the General Assembly: Raphael L. Podolsky, a Yale-educated lawyer who took them as a client 40 years ago, is getting a pink slip. So are his colleagues, Jane McNichol and Sara Parker McKernan. One lawmaker calls them “the conscience” of the Capitol. Continue Reading →

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DSS system woes burden CT’s senior centers, aging agencies

This is a photo of Roderick L. Bremby, Connecticut's social services commissioner, speaking to a social worker.

People who work in senior centers, town social service offices and senior housing complexes say the state Department of Social Services’ new system has led to elderly residents losing benefits, low-income clients having to pay out-of-pocket for medication, and more of their own time devoted to trying to fix problems caused by the new system. Continue Reading →

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