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DOC Workers Call For Hazard Pay For Pandemic Hours

Ginny Ligi believes she contracted COVID-19 in her job as a correction officer at Cheshire Correctional Institution. “I was bedridden for over a month,” said Ligi, who is the secretary of AFSCME Local 387 representing state Department of Correction employees. She lived “behind a closed door” so she didn’t pass the disease on to her…

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Study Finds Pandemic Induces Chronic Absences From School

HARTFORD, CT – As education throughout the state moves toward a sense of normalcy after COVID-19, some students are left still feeling disconnected from school, piling up their absences.  “We know that some kids got lost and we need to find them and we need to get them back in school,” Jeff Leake, president of…

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Lamont Gets Advice From Unlikely Places

A half-hour into a conversation with former House Speaker John Boehner, Gov. Ned Lamont asked the Republican if he had any advice for a first-term governor navigating politics. Keep the legislature close, Boehner said, “Hug ‘em.” Lamont and the now-retired speaker chatted Friday during an hour-long Zoom conference, a promotional event organized by R.J. Julia…

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Supermax Prison To Close Early

The state’s only super maximum prison, Northern Correctional Institution, will close Monday, three weeks ahead of schedule, according to Gov. Ned Lamont The prison located in Somers sparked controversy and at least one recent lawsuit over conditions. An attorney for Disability Rights Connecticut described the conditions there as “horrendous.” Lamont and state Department of Correction…

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Winners and Losers of the 2021 Session

In some ways the 2021 session ended with a question mark: lawmakers are expected to reconvene in the coming weeks for a special session, leaving open the possibility that some formerly dead bills will be resurrected in an aircraft carrier budget implementer bill. Most of the following bills are waiting to be acted upon by…

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Transportation Climate Initiative Back In The Mix

With the legislature heading towards a special session, Gov. Ned Lamont said Thursday he will push lawmakers to include the Transportation and Climate Initiative in a limited agenda already expected to cover cannabis legalization and budget language.  The initiative is a multi-state agreement to require fuel suppliers to buy permits for the pollution that results…

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Gov. Signs ‘Clean Slate’ Bill

UPDATED 2:00 pm — Gov. Ned Lamont said Thursday he would sign a “clean slate” bill approved late last month by the legislature which would automatically expunge records of certain criminal convictions.  “I’m certainly going to sign ‘Clean Slate’ as soon as I’m done with this press briefing,” Lamont told reporters during an afternoon press…

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The 2021 Session Ends With A Whimper

Nothing about the 2021 legislative session was normal. The state Capitol has been closed since March 2020, leaving the public and the lobbyists without access to the building and lawmakers to their own devices.  This year’s session saw a historic expansion of gambling in Connecticut, allowing for the first time sports and online betting. And…

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Senate Sends Bipartisan Budget To Gov.

The state Senate finished out the regular legislative session Wednesday by passing a $46 billion budget package which eschews new tax increases and found support with Democrats and most Republicans. The Senate sent the two-year budget to Gov. Ned Lamont’s desk on a bipartisan, 31 to 4 vote. Following months of negotiations between Lamont and…

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Cannabis Bill Delayed Until Special Session

A bill legalizing recreational cannabis will not see a vote in the House until a special legislative session sometime within the next two weeks, House Speaker Matt Ritter said Wednesday afternoon. The legislation, which passed the Senate early Tuesday morning on a narrow vote, was awaiting action in the House, where Republicans were prepared to…

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Cannabis Question Mark Lingers

The last day of the legislative session is always full of unknowns, but in the House it looks like lawmakers are headed for a showdown over legalized cannabis.  Unable to resolve their differences, Republicans are…

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The global transition to EV is happening faster than anyone expected. Trillions of dollars will flow into everything from vehicles, to battery technology, the electrical grid, IoT, cellular, autonomous vehicles, and infrastructure. And there is a race by each state to attract the companies and the millions of jobs that will be created in this new economy.

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