State Workforce in Good Shape Ahead of Mass Retirements

The long-expected “silver tsunami” of state employee retirements before July 1 will not have a significant impact on the size of the public sector workforce, members of Gov. Ned Lamont’s administration said Wednesday. A change in the cost of living benefits of state retirees, negotiated back in 2017, incentivized eligible state workers to retire before…

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Connecticut To Offer Free Admission To Kids This Summer

For the second year in a row Connecticut will be using $15 million in federal COVID funds to offer children free admission to more than 130 museums.  Starting July 1 and running through Sept. 5, children under the age of 18, plus one adult, will receive free admission to  historic house museums, historic sites, historical…

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OP-ED | When Voting Alone Won’t Cut It

“With your vote,” President Joe Biden told a shocked, reeling nation in a speech lambasting the Supreme Court’s decision to overturn Roe v. Wade, “you can act. You can have the final word.” He’s right! Everybody has to vote. Except… we did vote. We have been voting. Every election, we vote like it’s the apocalypse. It wasn’t enough.

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Secretary of the State Denise Merrill to Step Down

Secretary of the State Denise Merrill will step down at noon on Thursday to spend more time with her ailing husband, according to a Tuesday report from the Associated Press.  Merrill, a Democrat, announced last summer she would not seek re-election. Her departure this week will end her term about six months sooner than expected.…

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OP-ED | What Would It Mean To Codify Roe Into Federal Law – And Is There Any Chance Of That Happening?

In simple terms, to codify something means to enshrine a right or a rule into a formal systematic code. It could be done through an act of Congress in the form of a federal law. Similarly, state legislatures can codify rights by enacting laws. To codify Roe for all Americans, Congress would need to pass a law that would provide the same protections that Roe…

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Lamont Declares Another COVID Emergency

Gov. Ned Lamont declared another COVID-19 emergency Tuesday in order to secure additional federal funds through the end of December.  “I do not intend to issue any executive orders under this declaration,” Lamont said in the order.  All of Lamont’s executive powers expire at the end of the month. Most had already expired in February,…

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New State Law Makes Home Heating Oil Greener

It starts with french fries, burgers and bacon and it ends up in the fuel tank that heats your home. Starting Friday, July 1 all home heating oil must contain a 5% biodiesel mix. That mix will come from cooking oil sold by restaurants like Little Oak Cafe in Canton. “The food we eat turns…

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OP-ED | What Happens When Local Journalism Disappears?

I was surprised and a bit saddened by an email I received a few weeks ago from Kathy Brown, the senior editor of a local news outlet. It began this way: “You are receiving this because in the past you have sent in an article or press release to HK-Now.com/Haddam Killingworth News. Tomorrow I am retiring from the newspaper business.”

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Officials Work to Assess Roe Ramifications

Abortion rights advocates spent the weekend trying to figure out what happens now that the Supreme Court has overturned Roe v. Wade. In Connecticut, Attorney General William Tong joined a coalition of 22 attorneys general Monday in reaffirming the state’s commitment to support access to abortion care. “Abortion care is healthcare. Period. We stand together,…

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George Floyd Att’y Meets With Cox Family; 4 Minutes Of Video Capture Case’s Key Moments

A nationally prominent civil rights attorney has joined the legal team for a 36-year-old New Havener who was partially paralyzed while in police custody, according to the man’s local lawyer — potentially moving the rapidly developing local police misconduct case into the national spotlight. Read more from the New Haven Independent.

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New Fiscal Year, New Laws on Friday

New legal protections designed to expand access to abortion services and a $1 increase in the state’s minimum wage are among the changes to Connecticut law taking effect on Friday with the beginning of the new fiscal year. On July 1, one week after the U.S. Supreme Court overturned a federal decision making abortions legal…

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OP-ED | Rule No. 1: Do Not Ignore Nazis

White supremacists have been trying to recruit new members in Connecticut, and we need some ground rules. As town officials in Newington, West Hartford, Bristol, East Hartford, and elsewhere are seeing these groups try to make inroads, it’s understandable if town officials are at a loss as to what to do…

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Judge Denies Ballot Access To Larson Challenger

A Hartford Superior Court judge ruled Friday against Muad Hrezi, an East Hartford Democrat seeking to challenge U.S. Rep. John Larson for the 1st Congressional District nomination, denying his petition to be placed on a primary ballot.  Hrezi, who did not receive adequate support at the state’s Democratic convention to automatically qualify for a primary…

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What the Roe v. Wade Reversal Means for Abortion Access Across America

When a Supreme Court draft ruling that would overturn Roe v. Wade was leaked in May, it sparked shock, outrage, and protests. Those who saw the document as a harbinger of what was to come had their worst fears realized on June 24 when the decision came down and the Court’s 6-3 conservative majority did indeed eliminate the…

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