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How State Taxes Make Inequality Worse

As she opened her $1,600 property tax bill in February, Edith Baltazar suddenly lost her appetite for the eggs she’d prepared for lunch with her daughter. Her thoughts raced: Would their home be taken away if she couldn’t pay it? Baltazar’s daughter wept. The family would have to make a difficult decision: the property tax or $2,000 for diabetes medication. The taxes won.

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4‑Year Terms Back Up For Debate

Four-year terms for local elected officials are back on the table, according to a new memo describing the mayor’s and the Board of Alders president’s priorities for debate in a once-in-a-decade charter revision process. Read more from the New Haven Independent.

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OP-ED | Confusion In ‘Washington’ – Free Speech Or Law Breaking?

As anyone who has built a new home or started a business will tell you, most towns have strict zoning codes and they don’t generally hesitate to enforce them. Sometimes there are gray areas in the law, the parties cannot agree and the matter winds up in court. On rare occasions, national politics intrudes. Welcome to Washington – not the District of Columbia, but the…

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Stakeholders: Health Care Is Expensive And Outcomes Aren’t Better Than In Most Comparable Nations

Health care industry stakeholders began a Thursday morning hearing in Hartford with a sobering assessment of the state’s health metrics: Connecticut is among the most expensive states to receive health care in the United States, a country that pays more for worse health outcomes than most comparable nations. 

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5 Cops Arrested In Cox Case

Five city cops have been arrested on two misdemeanor charges apiece for their roles in the June 19 incident that left 36-year-old New Havener Richard ​“Randy” Cox injured and paralyzed while in police custody. • Read more from the New Haven Independent

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Eric Coleman Announces Bid For Hartford Mayor

Citing recent gun violence in Hartford, retired judge and former state Senator Eric D. Coleman announced a bid for the Hartford mayor’s office Wednesday.  Coleman, who said he resigned his position as a trial judge referee and recently moved to Hartford, said he had planned to run for mayor next year regardless of Hartford Mayor…

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After Stillbirth, Undocumented Woman Organizes Partnership To Help Others Find Better Care

When Laura Garcia was pregnant with her third child, a boy she named Matias, she had symptoms that made her uneasy. However, she said her community clinic told her it was normal. But after delivering a stillborn child, she was determined to act so that other women in her situation might not suffer the same…

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OP-ED | The Nuclear Threat Got Too Real

NATO held its breath on November 15th, when two missiles fired in Ukraine struck a Polish town and killed two people. There had long been a fear that Russia might attack Poland because weapons and supplies from NATO were being held there before being given to the Ukranians to use in their war. The phrase “World War III” began trending on Twitter, and it looked…

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Summit Focuses On Finding Workers

Job creation? Or filling jobs already created? Economic development gatherings have tended to focus on the first question. A statewide confab held in New Haven Tuesday afternoon pivoted to the latter. The standing-room-only ​“Connecticut Economic Development Summit” took place at the airport terminal Yale School of Management on Whitney Avenue. Hundreds of business leaders and policymakers attended the series of speeches and…

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Lamont Signs Special Session Bill

Gov. Ned Lamont signed the sweeping 28-page bill that extends a suspension of Connecticut’s gas tax, supplements funding for energy assistance and sets aside more money for an essential workers’ bonus pay program. Upon signing the bill Tuesday, Lamont said it will make Connecticut “a little bit more affordable.” The bill extends the 25-cent gas…

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Lawmakers Extend Gas Tax Suspension, Offer More Energy Assistance And Hero Pay

Lawmakers extended a suspension of Connecticut’s gas tax, supplemented funding for energy assistance and set aside more money for an essential workers’ bonus pay program during a special legislative session on Monday. Both chambers of the state legislature passed a single, 28-page bill in bipartisan votes in back-to-back sessions. The House approved the legislation 134…

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OP-ED | Will the 2022 Election Bring Common Sense Back to the GOP?

Not too long after the Republican party fell under the influence of Donald Trump, I’ve been hearing a voice in my head. It sounds a lot like Joseph Welch, the lawyer who confronted anti-communist Joseph McCarthy during the Army-McCarthy hearings in 1954: “Have you no sense of decency, sir? At long last, have you left no sense of decency?”

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